From 26th February to 3rd May, 110 pieces of gold and silver jewellery and household items are exhibited in Southern Song Dynasty Official Kiln Museum. The antiques on display are from three dynasties: the Song Dynasty (960–1279), Yuan Dynasty (1271–1368) and Ming Dynasty (1368–1644). Most of them were unearthed in cellars and tombs in Jiangyin City (江阴市).
Before the Song Dynasty, there were strict rules about the use of gold and silver wares. Back then, gold and silver are exclusively associated with imperial families. Since the Song Dynasty, silver and gold have been used widely. Gold and silver wares from different dynasties are of different features. Gold and silver wares from the Song Dynasty are exquisite but simple; Those from the Yuan Dynasty are mostly household items with logos; While, those from the Yuan Dynasty are luxury, often embedded with various precious gemstones.
Where to go
Southern Song Dynasty Official Kiln Museum
Address: No.60, Nanfu Road, Hangzhou (杭州市南复路60号)
Bus: No. 42; No. 139; No. 271 and No. Y3
Bus Stop: Shijiashan (施家山)