Gansu is one of the important birthplaces of Chinese civilization and also home of painted pottery. Painted pottery of Gansu shares a wonderful history of development during over 5,000 years from Dadiwan Culture, Yangshao Culture, Majiayao Culture to Qijia Culture and Shajing Culture of which Majiayao Culture represents the peak of painted pottery art, hence painted pottery of Majiayao Culture has been regarded as the most colorful part of Chinese primitive art and crown of Neolithic painted pottery.
Painted pottery is one of the features of cultural relics preservation of GansuProvincialMuseum. Over 400 pieces of fine painted pottery displayed in the 1100-square-meter showroom provide visitors a clue to understand the history of development of painted pottery from Gansu.
This exhibition, based on sequence of cultural development, is composed of six parts : Spark of the Civilization – Painted Pottery of the Dadiwan Culture , Start of the Brilliance – Painted pottery of the Yangshao culture, Crown of Painted Pottery – Painted Pottery of the Majiayao Culture, Remaining Brilliance — Painted Pottery of the Bronze Age Cultures, Rare Treasures in the Garden of Pottery and Experiment of Pottery Making Craft showing systematically general situation of ancient painted pottery cultures in Gansu.
Modern technological means have been applied in this exhibition to restore some scenes showing people's life in primitive society, living environment and process of painted pottery production and use of painted pottery.