Suzhou intangible cultural heritages shine at French fair
2018-10-29 15:58:00

Three intangible cultural heritages from Suzhou City with distinctive Chinese characteristics attracted audience at the 24th International Cultural Heritage Fair in Paris, France from Oct 25 to 28.

The fair was jointly held by the French Ministry of Culture at the Carrousel du Louvre.

One of the Suzhou displays was a set of 16 chimes, or bianzhong, a musical instrument and ritual instrument that has a history of more than 3,000 years. Each of bronze chimes plays two notes, which amazed many western visitors who saw the chime bells for the first time. This was the first time that Chinese chimes exhibited in the world's top art museum.

Another exhibit was a drum used as a musical instrument in the court of the Chu State in the Spring and Autumn Period (771 to 476 BC) and the Warring States Period (475-221 BC). The drum demonstrated novel and ingenious shape and combined artistic techniques including lacquering, carving and painting with unique Chinese characteristics.

Another showpiece was a miniature of the Chinese Harmony Chimes (zhonghua hezhong), the largest set of chimes in China. It has been collected by the organizers of the fair. Editor:Dylan