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Han Dynasty to reign at Paris museum

2014-09-24 10:09:58

(China Daily) By Wang Kaihao


A copper statue will be displayed at the Splendors of Han, Flying of the Heavenly Empire exhibition.[Photo provided to China Daily]

The winds of Han are expected to blow French viewers away.

The largest exhibition of Han Dynasty (206 BC-AD 220) artifacts outside China will run in Paris in celebration of the 50 years of Sino-French diplomatic ties.

Art Exhibitions China, which is in charge of Chinese relics' overseas displays, signed an agreement with Paris-based Guimet Museum last week to organize the show.

Splendors of Han, Flying of the Heavenly Empire (Splendeurs des Han, Essor de l'Empire Celeste) will exhibit 456 pieces from 27 Chinese museums from Oct 21 to March 1, 2015. Displays will include silk and gold pieces, and records written on wooden slips, Art Exhibitions China deputy director Yao An says.

The key highlight is a 1.76-meter jade burial suit unearthed in Jiangsu province's Xuzhou, she says. It's fashioned from 4,200 jade pieces and gold wire, and weighs over 1.7 kilograms. It's recognized as the finest of its kind.

"The Han Dynasty was the beginning of a unified centeral empire in China and remains the apex of ancient Chinese culture," says the display's counselor Yang Hong, who's also a researcher at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences' Institute of Archaeology.

"It's extremely rare to see such a complete introduction, with both historical and aesthetic value, of the Han Dynasty's social structure, traditions and daily life."

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