Gods of the World—Images in Temples and Tombs in Shanxi since the Middle Ages
The First Special Exhibition Hall, the 1st Floor
Since the Middle Ages, with the prosperity of commodity economy, civil culture thrived, and folk religious beliefs changed. In spaces including Buddhist and Taoist temples on the ground and tombs underground which reveal people’s multiple prayers, a pictorial art system with rich connotations and distinct from literati painting is hailed as a folk art treasure.
The Museum of Wu, cooperating with Shanxi Museum, Yuncheng Museum and Yongle Palace, selects hundreds of objects from the Tang, Song, Jin, Yuan and Ming Dynasties. This exhibition focuses on murals and brick carvings of tombs, and murals and water and land ritual paintings of temples, and explores the structure, development and transmutation of the Chinese folk belief system. Gods of the World—Images in Temples and Tombs in Shanxi since the Middle Ages enables visitors to get to know the traditional Chinese cultural and social life from the perspectives of tombs and temples.