The E Jun Qi Bronze Tallies: The Earliest Permit of Tariff Exemption in China


This exhibition centres on the E Jun Qi bronze tallies collected in the Anhui Museum, which was a permit of tariff exemption bestowed to Qi, the Lord of E by the Chu king Mi’huai. Only five tallies were unearthed in the whole country and we are showing two in this exhibition, among which one is designated for land transport, and the other is for water transport. Both inscribed with seal script characters inlaid with gold, the text on the tallies documents the trade, transport routes and tariff regime of the State of Chu in the Warring States period. Shedding lights on the tally system, commerce, transportation network, history, geography and feudal system of the Chu kingdom, the tallies are very rich in academic value in spite of their small sizes.

To further enhance visitors’ understanding of the E Jun Qi tallies, parts of chariots, apparatus for measurement and Chu currencies are also selected to supplement the main exhibits.

DATE & TIME
FROM 1 APR
10:00am – 5:00pm
(MON – WED, FRI, SAT)

1:00pm – 5:00pm
(SUN & Public Holidays)
Closed on THU (except Public Holidays)

VENUE
Gallery II & IV, Art Museum, Institute of Chinese Studies
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Sha Tin, N.T., Hong Kong