The Eastern Chou (770-221 BCE) succeeded the golden age prosperity of Wen king and originated the cultural diversity of Warring States period. While sages drifted away, the relics and texts are unearthed by archeologists with great care.

This exhibition intends to open a window to understand the Eastern Chou culture. The artifacts are findings from aristocratic tombs of the mid Spring and Autumn to the early Warring States period (ca. 600-400 BCE), comprising collections from two institutions. First, relics come from archaeological excavations made by the Institute of History and Philology at Shan-piao-chen in Chi County and Liu-li-ko in Hui County from 1935 to 1937. The second part belongs to the collection of the National Museum of History, which are outcomes of excavations conducted by Honan local organizations in 1923 and 1936, respectively from tombs of Li-chia-lou in Hsin-cheng County and Liu-li-ko in Hui County.

The exhibit is divided into three sections: (1) Li-chia-lou Tomb, Liu-li-ko Tomb Chia and I; (2) Liu-Li-Ko Tomb M60; (3) Shan-piao-chen Tomb M1. We provide overall information on tombs as much as possible including photos in fieldwork and whole sets of artifacts.

Through this exhibition, one may observe the upper class material culture in the Central Plain during the Eastern Chou period, and the transition of artifact styles from the mid Spring and Autumn to the early Warring States period. In particular, bronzes of the Chin State reflect the growth of state power, ranging from the ambiguity and being lost features of Liu-li-ko relics to confidence and aggression of Shan-piao-chen artifacts which were manufactured by workshops in Hsin-t’ien (capital of the Chin). On the other hand, in contrasting excavations from the “pre-archaeology phase” to the early scientific archaeology with literature it manifests how archaeology transformed in modern time.

Open Day: Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Venue: 1F, Museum of the Institute of History and Philology, Academia Sinica

(130 Sec., Academia Road, Nangang, Taipei, 11529)

Opening Times: Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays

Closed on National Holidays, Election Days and Long Holiday Weekends