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Reminiscences of the Silk Road - Exhibition of Cultural Relics of the Western Xia Dynasty

2019/6/15 - 2019/10/6

Western Xia was founded in 1038, east to the Hexi Corridor stretch of the Silk Road. In its heyday, the territory of Western Xia covered what are now the entire Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, part of Gansu Province, Qinghai Province, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region and Shaanxi Province, and was said to have stretched east to the Yellow River, west to the Pass of the Jade Gate, south to the Xiao Pass and north to the Gobi Desert. Over 190 years under the reigns of ten rulers, Western Xia formed a tripartite division with Northern Song and Liao in its early stage, and it confronted Southern Song and Great Jin later. The dust of history has buried the once prosperous ancient civilization. Not until the 20th century were its documents and relics discovered in great numbers and did they re-appear to demonstrate people’s wisdom from Western Xia.

The Macao Museum and the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region Museum jointly organize a special exhibition “Reminiscences of the Silk Road — Exhibition of Cultural Relics of the Western Xia Dynasty” to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Macao’s return to China. This themed exhibition of the Western Xia relics primarily showcases the archaeological finds about the Western Xia. A fine selection of 148 pieces (sets) of relic offers a compendious interpretation of the Western Xia civilization. Some rare items make their first appearances outside the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region. The cultural heritage from Western Xia includes its language and printing, Buddhist scriptures and statues, also the goldwares, woodwares and glazed potteries of its artistry, as well as wadang eaves tiles and stone statues of its architecture. The display of the language, Buddhism, artistry and architecture of Western Xia offers an appreciation of the unique and splendid civilization. The culture of Western Xia constitutes an important part of the Silk Road culture, and its historical significance is worth in-depth comprehensions and interpretations so as to gain new inspirations. The exhibition of the valuable relics from Western Xia deepens our understanding of the historical background of the Belt and Road Initiative that also brings us to explore its important significance to modern and contemporary development.

  • Venue : Exhibition Gallery, 3rd floor of Macao Museum
  • Opening Hours : Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 6pm (Ticket booth closes 5:30pm)
  • Admission : Admission Fee


Assemblage of Treasures ─ Exhibition of the Macao Museum Collection for Celebration of the 20th Anniversary

2018/9/29 - 2019/3/24

The Macao Museum was established in 1998. We embrace its 20th anniversary this year. “Assemblage of Treasures ─ Exhibition of the Macao Museum Collection for Celebration of the 20th Anniversary” belongs to the series of events that are currently cerebrating our 20th anniversary. For this exhibition, we selected from our collections eighty items sets of exhibitory value and historical significance. The exhibitory area has six sections ─ “Lingnan Paintings”, “European Traveller’s Paintings”, “Style and Life”, “The Multicultural Macao”, “Exhibition Overview” and “Education Space”.

The exhibition features an Indian palm-leaf manuscript in a wooden box with inscriptions of the great master of Chinese studies, Jao Tsung I, as well as the paintings and relevant artifacts of Gao Jianfu, one of the founders of the Lingnan School of Paintings, and of his wife Iong Zhi. Moreover, the exhibition also presents British painter George Chinnery’s watercolour “A Fisherwoman beside a Tanka Boat”, French painter André Auguste Borget’s stone-cut painting “Chinese Village between Macao and Canton”, as well as the Macanese Bernardino de Senna Fernandes’s orders and swords. These representative collected items not only profile the development of the Macao Museum from the side, but also tell moving the historical stories behind them.

  • Venue : Exhibition Gallery, 3rd floor of Macao Museum
  • Opening Hours : Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 6pm (Ticket booth closes 5:30pm)
  • Admission : Admission Fee