Fine China exhibition

ARTEFACTS revealing the history of one of the world’s most ancient civilisations will go on show in Sheffield this weekend in the new exhibition “China: Journey to the East.”

The exhibition at Weston Park Museum, which involves the British Museum’s largest loan of Chinese artefacts to date, features more than 100 objects detailing themes such as food and drink, festivals and beliefs.

Senior exhibition curator Teresa Whittaker said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with the British Museum to show these incredible objects in Sheffield.

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China has a long and fascinating history and it’s great to offer visitors to Weston Park the chance to explore it through such a unique collection of artefacts.”

Among the artefacts in the exhibition are a 3,000-year-old “fang ding”.

This is a food container placed in tombs for the dead to use in their journey to the spirit realm. Another artefact on show is an 18th-century compass.

Other highlights include Ming Dynasty ceramics depicting Chinese warrior gods and immortals; an ornate 17th-century porcelain model theatre and a bronze mirror from around 1,000 AD.