“Hunters, Warriors, Spirits: Nomadic Art of North China” Exhibition

Exhibition Period: 23rd July 2022 – 23rd October 2022
Opening Hours: Tuesday – Sunday 10 am – 7 pm
Venue: Indra and Harry Banga Gallery (18/F, Lau Ming Wai Academic Building, City University of Hong Kong)
Free admission, required to be registered

T he ancient nomads of North China were hunters and warriors, traders who facilitated exchange in goods, technology, ideas, arts, and were also builders of empires. Living a highly mobile life wedded to chasing the game and herding flocks of animals, they bequeathed a wondrous artistic legacy within which men and beasts, predators and prey, culture and nature, are interlocked in an unending cycle of life and death. Today, this world is vividly preserved in the ancient nomads’ artistic heritage, but also in the profound spirituality that pervades them, expressive of an ideal relationship between humans and nature that is more relevant today than ever before.

Presented through over two hundred and fifty art objects, this exhibition tells the story of the nomads from their dim beginnings, during the early 1st millennium, to the “golden age” between the 10th and 13th centuries. To bring these objects to life, the narrative is filtered through the diverse lens of archaeology, art history, anthropology, as well as the broader perspective of cultural exchange across Eurasia.

Registration is now open. Please click the link for register.




Chief Curator:

Mr. Hing Chao

Associate Curators:

Dr. Isabelle Frank

Dr. Betty Lo

New Media Curators:

Prof. Jeffrey Shaw

Prof. Sarah Kenderdine



City University of Hong Kong


Intangible Cultural Heritage Earthpulse Society Limited

The Orochen Foundation Limited


Leisure and Cultural Services Department

Supporting Organisations

Hong Kong Heritage Museum


Wah Kwong Maritime Transport Holdings Limited

Prizm Group


New Media Partner

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL)

An Event of

Hong Kong Culture Festival


Special thanks to Meditative Mind for providing the music OM Mantra Chanting at 417Hz