China: Throne of Emperors
Duration : March 22, - June 22, 2014
Venue : Visa Platinum Gallery, Level 2 and Te Ihomatua, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Hosted by: National Museum of China

It showcases 130 carefully selected objects from the National Museum of China’s collections, including pottery warriors and horse figures from the Han Dynasty, bronze from the Dian culture, Tang Dynasty tri-colour glaze pottery, a portrait of Genghis Khan, Ming tomb treasures, imperial implements used by the Qianlong Emperor, and other precious historical relics from Chinese history. There are bronze, gold, silver, and iron ware, jade, ceramics, paintings, calligraphies, and textiles.

Ancient Chinese emperors were called the “Son of Heaven”. The exhibition of seven of these “Sons of Heaven” is in chronological order, beginning with Qin Shihuang, the first emperor of China, then Han Emperor Wu who expanded his territory, followed by “Heavenly Khan”, Tang Emperor Taizong, and artistic Song Emperor Huizong. The legendary Yuan Emperor Genghis Khan is followed by the Ming Yongle Emperor , and last but not least the Qianlong Emperor from the Qing Dynasty, who called himself “Shiquan Elder”. Through the stories of these seven rulers, the seven dynasties are revealed – Qin, Han,Tang, Song, Yuan, Ming, and Qing – with their different cultures, histories and civilizations. China is famous for its long, rich, profound, and extensive .

China: Throne of Emperors presents a broad historical sweep of 2000 years of China’s history. Focusing on seven key emperors and their dynasties, the exhibition explores China’s political, cultural, and social development – from a newly unified country under Emperor Qin Shihuang (259–210 BCE), to a highly cultured civilization under the Qianlong Emperor (1711–1799). The emperors ruled over a people who saw them as the Son of Heaven. They ruled over a country characterized by cycles of unity and disunity, stability and change. But these emperors, with their unique personalities and talents, left their mark on Chinese civilization and the world.