Published: 15:09, May 29, 2024 | Updated: 15:15, May 29, 2024
Artifacts from east China's Shandong province debut in Hong Kong
By Xinhua
Bernadette Linn Hon-ho (right), Secretary for Development of HKSAR, and Fan Bo (left), Secretary-General of the Shandong Provincial Committee, host the opening ceremony for the exhibition Harmony of Rites and Music: Exploring the Qilu Culture through Shandong Relics on May 28, 2024 in Hong Kong. (PHOTO / HKSAR GOVERNMENT)

HONG KONG - The exhibition Harmony of Rites and Music: Exploring the Qilu Culture through Shandong Relics opened on May 28, 2024. Around 200 pieces of artifacts from east China's Shandong province are on display for the first time in Hong Kong from Tuesday.

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Through parallel display of major archaeological discoveries made respectively in Hong Kong and Shandong dated to three historical periods, the exhibition sheds light on similarities between the two local cultures as well as the pluralistic integration of ancient Chinese civilization, said Bernadette Linn Hon-ho, Secretary for Development of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, at the opening ceremony on Tuesday.

Bernadette Linn Hon-ho (2nd left), Secretary for Development of HKSAR, Lin Wu (3rd left), Secretary of the Shandong Provincial Committee and Chairman of the Standing Committee of Shandong Provincial People’s Congress, and Wang Lei (1st right), Director-General of Shandong Provincial Department of Culture and Tourism, tour the exhibition Harmony of Rites and Music: Exploring the Qilu Culture through Shandong Relics on May 28, 2024 in Hong Kong. (PHOTO / HKSAR GOVERNMENT)

Exhibits from Shandong include an eggshell black pottery high-stem cup with perforations that represents the pinnacle of Chinese prehistoric pottery craftsmanship, as well as a red pottery tripod pitcher with bag-shaped legs representative of prehistoric Shandong culture. The artifacts chronicled the development of Shandong culture from the Neolithic period to the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).

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Also on display are artifacts unearthed in Hong Kong, including stringed stone ornament sets, quartz rings, and perforated pottery basins with incised wave patterns.

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The exhibition is being held at the Hong Kong Heritage Discovery Centre until Oct 6, 2024.

This photo released by the HKSAR government on May 28, 2024, shows the ritual bronze yue-axe inscribed with "Ya chou" of the Shang dynasty. The exhibition Harmony of Rites and Music: Exploring the Qilu Culture through Shandong Relics opened on May 28, 2024.
This photo released by the HKSAR government on May 28, 2024, shows the chime bells inscribed with "You", a Spring and Autumn period musical instrument. 
This photo released by the HKSAR government on May 28, 2024, shows the white pottery tripod "he" wine vessel solely used by nobles in the Neolithic period. 
This photo released by the HKSAR government on May 28, 2024, shows the stacked bronze tableware from Qi State during the Warring States period.
This photo released by the HKSAR government on May 28, 2024, shows the red pottery "gui" with bag-shaped legs, a typical object of prehistoric Shandong culture. 
This photo released by the HKSAR government on May 28, 2024, shows the bronze ding inscribed with "Lu Ji" from the Western Zhou period. 
This photo released by the HKSAR government on May 28, 2024, shows the stringed crystal and agate ornaments from the Spring and Autumn period. 
This photo released by the HKSAR government on May 28, 2024, shows the eggshell black pottery high-stem cup with perforations, it represents the pinnacle of Chinese prehistoric pottery craftsmanship.