26 March-18 Oct. The Markets of Trajan present Mortali Immortali, tesori del Sichuan nell’antica Cina, an exhibition showcasing treasures belonging to the Shu people, an ancient civilisation in what is now the Sichuan province in south-west China.
On display are finds in bronze, gold, jade and terracotta, dating from the Bronze Age to the Han period (second century AD), on loan from important Chinese museums.
The exhibition is designed to highlight the culture of the Shu people through the most significant surviving objects including the mysterious bronze masks from Sanxingdui.
The show focuses on two main themes - religion and daily life - examining how the ancient civilisation worshipped the sun and how its people used their skills to create decorated statuettes of deities, people and animals.
The independent Shu state was conquered by the state of Qin in 316 BC.
For full details see Mercati di Traiano website.