Epitaph is a kind of stele with words engraved, which is an important carrier of ancient Chinese culture. Recording events on burring appeared in the pre-Qin period, monuments were prevail over the period of two Han dynasties, epigraph was started in Wei and Jin dynasties and after the Northern Wei dynasty, the square epigraph had become to be custom-made. Epitaph is a work of art integrating a variety of cultural elements and a valuable material for academic research as it contains such information as social history, calligraphy, sculpture, biography and funeral rituals etc.
The exhibition comprises more than 200 pieces/groups items on display, with long geological time span from Han and Wei dynasties to Ming and Qing dynasties. There are many local characteristics with the Queens’ Elegy of epigraph in Northern Wei dynasty and Liao dynasty as the most unusual exhibits.
An epitaph shows a period of history. Epitaphs displayed on this exhibition are precious cultural relics for us to interpret history, feel civilization, appreciate art and the cultivate temperament; they are also the true sign of the course of history about all ethnic cultures integration and hometown building in ancient northeast China.