Ancient Musical Treasures from Central China
November 10, 2017 – May 6, 2018 | Musical Instrument Museum
- Event Category:
- Musical Instrument Museum – MIM
- Musical Instrument Museum
- 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
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“Ancient Musical Treasures from Central China: Harmony of the Ancients from the Henan Museum” presents musical and archaeological treasures spanning nine thousand years of Chinese music and history.
Presented in partnership with the Henan Museum, MIM’s exhibition explores the harmony between music, people, heaven and earth through more than 60 rare instruments and artworks on display for the first time in the United States.
Ancient flutes and drums harken back to the dawn of Chinese civilization, giving us a glimpse of the musical life of an early agrarian society. Grand racks of bronze bells evoke elaborate rituals performed during the formative years of Chinese culture. Lively ceramic figures illustrate the joyful mixing of cultures during the time of the legendary Silk Road. Elegant silk strings entertain gatherings of refined music lovers and inspire poetic contemplation.
In addition to a collection of musical instruments, the exhibition also features music-related artworks made of materials such as ceramic and jade. Many of these instruments and artworks were excavated from tombs of nobility.