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weapons, chariots and vessels, and then the visitors will be led gradually to the tomb, where they will see huge brass door knockers, and then a magnificent jade coffin, and a jade suit sewn together with gold wire.
In the third room, visitors will see the more intimate part of the kings’ life, such as mirrors and belt buckles. The belt buckles were a token of love. Made in two halves – one in relief and the other in recess, the set of buckles become one if you put the two halves together. On the buckles were also inscribed such words as “Forget me not”.
The object was discovered in a concubine’s tomb. “She must have been deeply in love with the king,” Xu said.
Another intriguing side of the Han people’s life is that they were particular about hygiene, an important expression of civilization, Xu said. “We have a whole set of baths from (the) tomb, such as bath basins, toilets and rubbing stone.”
The exhibition shows that Han people were open-minded; they were passionate about life and pursuing longevity in the next life after death, he said.
Outside of the gallery, the show will highlight a life-sized set of replica music bells. Visitors can try their hands on those music bells and experience what kind of sound the ancient instrument could produce.
“In doing so, we can showcase the great art, great talent and ingenuity of the Chinese and at the same time how advanced the Chinese civilization is,” said Xu. “That enables people to better understand today’s China. The point is not only to admire the ancient China, but also to have closer and mutual understanding and appreciation (of the modern China).”