Great museums of China – Shanghai city museum

107_0701In my series showing some of the great museums in China, I start with the Museum of Shanghai, which stands in the middle of the city on Renmin square. Inside, one can find artifacts spanning thousands of years, religions from the oldest Chinese beliefs through Taoism to Buddhism and religious and secular objects of minorities of China, and artifacts from calligraphy through paintings and carvings to everyday clothing and furniture. Most of the objects have been found in South-East China, but there are a lot from far inland as well. One of the best museums I’ve visited, spanning a very wide spectrum of history and geography superseding almost all else in the country. However, do not expect such a vast collection impossible to take in within a few days found in the Louvre, or the Hermitage and the like. This is not a collection of art collected or bought from all over the world, this, like other Chinese museums, contain only works of art from within China, and that also mostly from one larger region. But it is very well worth the day for a small amount as entrance fee.

Mythological figures standing alongside the entrance to the Shanghai Museum

Mythological figures standing alongside the entrance to the Shanghai Museum

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Headrest

Headrest

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An ancient signet

An ancient signet

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Ancient coins

Ancient coins

by P. S.

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