The new museum of the Shaanxi Tang Tricolor Pottery Art Museum – located in Xi'an, capital of Northwest China's Shaanxi province – started trial operation on May 19.
It is the only special museum in China that collects, studies, protects and displays tri-colored glazed pottery, or Sancai, a type of Chinese porcelain characterized by a glaze with three intermingled colors.
Two pieces of tri-colored glazed pottery are on display at the Shaanxi Tang Tricolor Pottery Art Museum. [Photo/Xi'an Daily]
The new museum is located at the former site of Nanxun Pavilion in Xingqing Palace in the Tang Dynasty (618-907), with a construction area of 3,200 square meters and an exhibition hall area of 2,000 sq m.
The exhibition hall is divided into two floors, with more than 400 cultural relics on display. It consists of two exhibitions: the permanent exhibition Royal Court, Prosperous Songs-Xingqing Palace Tang Sancai Art Exhibition and the special exhibition All Colors Are in Tang Dynasty - Three Colors in Prosperity.
The permanent exhibition showcases the prosperity of the Tang Dynasty through tri-colored glazed pottery, pottery figurines, gold and silver utensils, and bronze mirrors.
It also showcases the prosperous and diverse court life of the Tang Dynasty, including the historical development of Xingqing Palace, palace events, festivals, and daily life in the court.
The special exhibition showcases the production, development and evolution of tri-colored glazed pottery through a number of real objects.