The Search for Immortality: Tomb Treasures of Han China
 
The Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge is hosting an exhibition entitled The Search for Immortality: Tomb Treasures of Han China from the 5 May to the 11 November 2012.
 
Featuring over 350 treasures in jade, gold, silver, bronze and earthenware, The Search for Immortality takes you into the 2000 year-old tombs of Han Dynasty China, revealing an epic story of lust for power both in life and death.
 
The Han Dynasty (206 BC – AD 220) founded unified rule in China but to maintain their vast territory they endured constant struggles for supremacy, both within the empire and from without. In a world first, see the tomb finds of two rival power factions: the Han royal family and the Kingdom of Nanyue in southern China.
 
Both seeking control of the southern lands, their rivalry continued to the afterlife in tomb palaces of incredible wealth.  See the treasures that proclaimed their power and discover how they aspired to eternal life.
 
A part of the London 2012 Festival, this is one of the most important exhibitions of ancient royal treasures ever to travel outside China.
 
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