Blending history with cutting-edge academic research and technological advances, an ongoing exhibition at the Hunan Museum is bringing to life the ancient cosmology and life-transforming vision of the world-famous Mawangdui Burial Grounds.

Titled “The Art of Life: Mawangdui Han Culture Multimedia Exhibition,” this fascinating exhibition is presented by the Hunan Museum and the China Digital Library, in collaboration with a team from the CAMLab of the College of Arts and Sciences of Harvard.

Featuring ultra-high definition artifact scans, 3D projections, and immersive LED screens, this groundbreaking event bridges the gap between past and present. It invites visitors to experience the splendid culture and profound thoughts embodied by this heritage of the Han Dynasty (202 BC-220 AD), highlighting its profound cosmology and artistic vision.

“Running until February 16, 2025, the exhibition promises to connect the public with the timeless legacy of ancient Chinese civilization.”

The archaeological treasure of the Mawangdui Mounds: a window into the life and beliefs of the Han Dynasty

The Mawangdui Tumuli are a group of tombs dating back to the Western Han Dynasty (206 BC – 9 AD). They are located near the city of Changsha, in Hunan province, China. The tombs were discovered in the 1970s. They are recognized worldwide for the number of funerary artifacts and archaeological remains they contained in perfect condition.

A large number of jade, silk, wood, bamboo, metal and ceramic artifacts were found inside the tombs. These objects allow us to learn more about the daily life, religious beliefs and material culture of the Han era.

Another highlight is the well-preserved silk textiles found inside the Mawangdui tombs. These included finely embroidered clothing and other textile items showing advanced skill in weaving and dyeing techniques.

Manuscripts were discovered in the form of books made of silk, containing medical, philosophical and literary texts. These are important for the study of the history of medicine, philosophy and literature in ancient China.

The Mawangdui burial mounds are widely recognized as an invaluable treasure for Chinese archeology and history. This is because they provide crucial information about life and society during the Han dynasty. Their discovery has had a great impact on the understanding of the past and the study of ancient Han culture.


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