Immortal Mortals, treasures of Sichuan in ancient China, at the Markets of Trajan

The exhibition presents finds in bronze, gold, jade and terracotta, dating from the Bronze Age (II millennium BC) to the Han period (2nd century AD) from important Chinese institutions.

After the debut in Naples, on display in the evocative setting of the Markets of Trajan, the history and culture of the Shu people, originating from the Yangtze Valley, in south-west China.

An itinerary through the social life and the spiritual world of this ancient people, narrated through the most characteristic objects, such as the mysterious bronze masks from the excavations of Sanxingdui or the singular brick reliefs of the Han dynasty.

The exhibition is divided into two sections, one dedicated to the religious culture of the state of Shu, focused on the spiritual world (cult of the Sun), the other to the daily life of the people, of which it reconstructs the most salient aspects regarding the trade and flourishing craftsmanship.

The exhibition uses various digital reconstructions, photographs, videos and various interactive installations that illustrate both the most important archaeological finds and the temporal phases of this ancient Chinese civilization. Statues and ritual vessels, lacquered wood containers, terracotta statuettes and enigmatic bronze masks characterize the distinctive traits of the Shu people, from its genesis to the subsequent evolution of religious and social elements.