Explore the legacy of Confucius: Ritual artefacts, music and traditional dress

by Alice

The “Special Exhibition of Ritual Utensils, Musical Instruments, and Costumes of the Kong (Confucius) Family Mansion” held at the China National Silk Museum on March 7, 2024, offers a captivating glimpse into the rich heritage of Confucian traditions. This exhibition not only showcases the artifacts from the Confucius Mansion but also highlights the profound influence of Confucius on Chinese culture, including rituals, music, and traditional attire.

Confucius, a figure revered as a philosopher, politician, and educator, played a pivotal role in promoting rituals and music during the pre-Qin Period. His teachings, encapsulated in Confucianism, have left an indelible mark on Chinese culture, shaping societal norms, values, and even sartorial etiquette.


The Confucius Museum in Qufu City, Shandong Province, serves as a repository of artifacts from the Kong Family Mansion, the residence of Confucius’ direct male descendants. Among its extensive collection are ten ceremonial utensils dating back to the Shang and Zhou dynasties. Notable highlights include a series of Confucius portraits spanning different historical periods and authentic garments and headwear from the Ming and Qing dynasties.


In collaboration with the China National Silk Museum, the Confucius Museum presents an exhibition in Hangzhou, celebrating Confucian virtues, ancient ceremonial practices, and traditional Chinese fashion. The exhibition features nearly a hundred ceremonial instruments used in Confucius worship, sourced from the Confucius Mansion collection. Additionally, it showcases Ming, Qing, and Republic-era garments and headpieces passed down through Confucius’ lineage.


The exhibition, running until May 26, 2024, promises a series of events aimed at immersing visitors in the legacy of Confucianism. Through ritual artifacts, musical performances, and displays of traditional attire, attendees can gain a deeper appreciation for the enduring impact of Confucius on Chinese culture and civilization.



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