A story of eternal life and power struggles in ancient China, told with the grave goods of Emperors.
This unprecedented exhibition will bring together treasures from the burials of the dynasty who united and dominated China for four centuries. The rule of the Han was roughly contemporary with the Roman Empire, and was also comparable in power and population. The influence of the Han period, which is considered as the 'classical' era of Chinese history, was pervasive, with many institutions and values not only surviving into later times, but also becoming fundamental to Chinese identity. The 'tomb treasures' on which the exhibition focuses were a central element of the rituals and symbolism which enabled the Han to maintain their grip on power.