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Exhibition shows how emperors honored Confucius


08-18-2014 00:29 BJT

A new exhibition to honor the great philosopher Confucius, featuring ritual objects used by past Chinese emperors, has opened at Beijing's Confucius Temple and Imperial College.  
Visitors are even allowed to touch some of the items.

Most of the items on show are sacrificial vessels, utensils and musical instruments. They were used in sacrificial ceremonies held by emperors in the Ming and Qing dynasties to honor Confucius.

This the first time some of these relics have been seen in public.

"This is a 'deng'. It's only purpose was to be used in sacrificial ceremonies dedicated to Confucius. So it's very rare and precious." Li Chaoying, Deputy Director of Confucious Temple and Imperial College Museum, said.

Alongside the ancient relics are more recent photos, reflecting modern perceptions of Confucius.

And there are old musical instruments, which people are allowed to touch to get the real sound of the ancient rituals.  

"Taking part is the best way to learn. So in this exhibition, visitors can observe these items very closely. They can even touch some of them and feel them," said Wu Zhiyou, Director of Confucius Temple and Imperial College Museum.

The exhibition opened Friday and runs until October.

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