Rare glimpse of Chinese culture at National Museum from February 19

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Rare glimpse of Chinese culture at National Museum from February 19

Union Culture Minister Kumari Selja will inaugurate the “Treasures of Ancient China” exhibition at the National Museum here on February 19, 2011 as part of a cultural dialogue with China. The exhibition, featuring rare artefacts, will travel to three more cities after Delhi.

A similar exhibition, “Treasures of Ancient India,” displaying Indian artefacts was organised in four Chinese cities as part of the “India – China Friendship Year” celebrations in 2006 – 2007.

The new exhibition here reciprocates the 2006 exhibition. It has been organised by the Archaeological Survey of India in collaboration with the State Administration of Cultural Heritage of China, with Art Exhibitions China as its executing agency.

As many as 95 artefacts, including the famed terracotta warriors and tri – coloured pottery, representing the Chinese culture from the Neolithic period to the Qing dynasty period will be showcased.

Jade objects, sculptures, porcelain and gold objects are other attractions at the exhibition that will be on display for a month from February 19, 2011.

The exhibition will travel to the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya in Mumbai on April 7, 2011, the Salarjung Museum in Hyderabad on June 23, 2011 and the National Library in Kolkata on September 8, 2011.

India and China have had mutual exchanges in art and culture dating back to more than two millennia, travelling along the silk route. Chinese travellers, including Fa – Hien, Hiuen Tsang and I – Tsang, travelled to India over the centuries and provided travel accounts that form important source materials for the country’s history.

Indian monks Kasyapa Matanga and Dharmaraksha also travelled to China in 68 A.D., carrying Buddhist scriptures and established the first Buddhist temple in China – the White Horse Temple at Luoyang.