“Pottery Rhythm and Clay Skirt - Special Exhibition of Chinese Ancient Tomb Figurines” Opened with Chinese and Foreign Performers Dressed in Traditional Han Costumes


International students perform the show dressed in traditional Han costumes

Recently, at the Hanguang Gate Heritage Site Museum of Xi’an Tang Dynasty Royal City Wall, with the appearance of fans and international students dressed in traditional Han costumes, a clothing of China’s Han Dynasty, “Pottery Rhythm and Clay Skirt - Special Exhibition of Chinese Ancient Tomb Figurines” was opened officially. A variety of tomb figurines were on display ranging from the simple form figurine of pigmented pottery of the Shang Dynasty (1600BC—1046BC), the figurine of painted pottery of the Warring States Period (475BC—221BC), the singing figurine of red pottery of the Han Dynasty (206BC—AD220), demonstrating the stamps of pottery figurines in different periods of Chinese history and presenting a wider space for historic thought.

Sponsored by Xi’an City Wall Administrative Commission and organized by Hanguang Gate Heritage Site Museum, the opening ceremony of the exhibition saw the great performance of “Dressed As You—Exhibition and Performance of traditional Han costumes” that were conducted to the visitors by volunteers of traditional Han costumes and the international students of School of International Exchange of Northwest University, and fans of traditional Han costumes. In the performance of ancient protocols, the performers dressed in traditional Han costumes brought back the history of dress culture by presenting the Chinese traditional garments in five historic periods, namely, Han, Wei and Jin, Tang, Song and Ming Dynasties respectively.

The exhibition displayed some 120 exhibits that include many excellent ones. For instance, the four pigmented pottery figurines of the Shang Dynasty, which coincides with the earliest archaeological discovery that is available, were made of clay lath, with faces made in the form of flat oval, and the features of the face done with cutting due to the low productivity at the time. The armored rider of the Sixteen Kingdoms Period (AD304-AD439) has the rider and the horse clad in armor with arrow and bow in hand and what makes this exhibit special is that it also presents the “original form” of stirrup, known as the fifth greatest invention of China, and is thought to be the earliest available material data for researching stirrup by the archeological authority.

Pottery figurines take an important place in the ancient sculpture. The tomb of ancient people reflects the life before their death, with objects to be buried in tombs consistent with the ones used in their living, so the exhibits vividly illustrate the ancient customs in clothing, army formation, lifestyle and exchange of cultures between the East and the West.

The exhibition will go on until June 3 for 2 months.