Music in the Age of Confucius

April 30, 2000 – September 17, 2000

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
1050 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC

Sublevels 1 and 2 Floor Plan

On view for the first time outside of The People's Republic of China is one of the two largest sets of graduated bronze bells approximately 2500 years old, as well as instruments from the world's oldest musical ensemble. These instruments were found in the Bronze Age tomb of Marquis Yi of Zeng (d. ca. 433 B.C.) in China. A "Hands on" learning center contains related books and replica instruments visitors can play. A 12-minute video of the excavation runs continuously.