The Nanyue King’s Mausoleum was one of China’s most important archaeological achievements in the 1980s. More than 1000 pieces of unearthed relics, jade ware and bronze works are of most significance. The jade burial suit sewn with silk thread, and the rhinoceros-shaped jade vessel were the cream of jade work of the Han period. The bronze bucket with boat design, the tiger tally, and the “Pan Yu” bronze tripod were also rare discoveries.
These relics provided valuable material for research on the development of the Lingnan region in the Qin and Han Dynasties, and of Guangzhou city in its initial stages. They also helped develop an understanding of cultural and commercial exchanges between the Han and Yue people, and between China and the rest of the world at the time.
The relics on display are divided into six sections. They are “Emperor Wen of the Nanyue Kingdom”, “Beautiful Jades”, “Weapons, Chariots and Harness”, “Instrument of Production”, “Daily Utensils” and “Musical Instruments and Cooking Utensils”. The relics are on display all year round to entertain visitors with interests from all over the world.