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Tibetan cultural relics shown in Taiwan

06-12-2010 09:10 BJT

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After a successful exhibition in Japan, the next stop for more than 100 precious Tibetan cultural relics will be in Taiwan Island. Some of the items are rarely seen, even in Tibet.

So, let's seize this opportunity to take a look ourselves, because all the pieces are now in Beijing being inspected before their next flight.

Among all the exhibits, this one is the rarest, a 40-centimeter-tall statue of Songtesen Gampo, the king who unified Tibet in the seventh century. The gilded-bronze statue is among the 130 exhibits to portray Tibetan's life for more than 1,000 years, from the seventh century to the Republic of China period.

From gold and silver Buddha figures, to silk paintings and Tibetan folk clothes, these Tibetan cultural relics are collected from 11 museums and temples. Of the exhibits, 42 are first-class state-level cultural relics. And some of them are being exhibited out of Tibet for the first time.

Qu Zhen, Cultural Relics Bureau, Tibet Autonomous Region, said, "Judging from its look, this prayer wheel was ordered by the Chinese emperor and made by his imperial craftsman, because no one knew how to make cloisonne in Tibet at that time."

Many of these relics have special stories to tell. The body of this statue is made of bronze while the head is made of clay, which is better for shaping vivid facial expressions in detail.

From April 11th last year to May 30th this year, the relics were displayed in five Japanese cities, attracting more than 500,000 visitors and helping to increase knowledge of Tibetan culture.

The relics will be shown at Taipei's Palace Museum and Kaohsiung's Science and Technology Museum from July until January.

Editor:Liu Fang |Source: CCTV.com

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