Treasures of China
Saturday 30th June 2012 and close on January 6th 2013
The Castle is closed 24th - 27th December 2012 and 1st January 2013
Once in a life time international exhibition coming to the eastern region.
This exciting exhibition will showcase seventy treasures from Nanjing Museum, the second largest museum in China.
Explore the rise of Imperial China from the earliest Stone Age tombs to the time of the last Emperor and let us take you on a journey through 4500 years of Chinese history. Stunning objects include a 2000 year old, life size jade suit from the tombs of the Han Dynasty rulers, an exquisite gold cicada sitting on a jade leaf worn by a Ming Princess nearly 600 years ago and the luxury items and ornaments that adorned the palace of the last of the Imperial families as the tumult of the twentieth century changed China for ever.
Alongside this rich history will be a celebration of Chinese crafts and the enduring appeal of animals in Chinese culture. A delicate jade mouse will join an old pottery pig and three wise monkeys immortalised on a lacquer plate amongst a host of other creatures who will delight and fascinate audiences of all ages.
Share with us this unique window into Chinese culture and take part in the cultural festival to celebrate London 2012 and to celebrate the spirit of international partnership.
This unique project has been made possible because of the support of Essex County Council and Jiangsu Provincial Government in China who have had a strong affiliation for 24 years which has brought many benefits to both regions.