From now until June 10, 2013, the Musée Guimet will reveal the ancient bronzes of the Meiyintang collection for both visitors and inhabitants of Paris to discover. The Musée Guimet is a Parisian museum that specializes in Asian art. In fact, it houses the largest collection of Asian art ever assembled outside of the continent of Asia.
Now, guests staying at the Hôtel Louvre Marsollier can see something truly extraordinary at this Asian museum. The exhibition, entitled “Treasures of Ancient China,” brings together more than 100 bronze pieces, taking visitors on a journey through the ancient ancestral rituals present in China so many thousands of years ago.
These Chinese treasures date from between around 2000 and 500 B.C., offering a glimpse into a distant past that not many people have ever seen before. Because the pieces are part of a private collection, this is the first time that they will be seen in public. The Meiyintang collection has been painstakingly amassed by an ancient bronze art aficionado over a period of 50 years. As a result, the exhibition provides a unique vision of the culture and artistic tradition that was present in China many millennia before our time.
In addition to showcasing the metallurgical techniques that were attempted during these eras, the pieces also show the various decorative motifs that were popular. These motifs and styles help us to piece together what life in China must have been like at the time. This exhibit therefore represents an important collection of information that contributes to our knowledge of world history.
From the Erlitou civilization to the age of the Zhou Dynasty and beyond, “Treasures of Ancient China” gives a glimpse into some of the most interesting periods in ancient history.
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