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The British Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum have brought to Shanghai a special collection of India's temple art dating back to the second century BC. The artifacts of ancient India are now on display at the Shanghai Museum.
On display are 106 religious sculptures and other cultural relics from three of the world's earliest religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism.
The exhibit is categorized into three parts, each featuring a different religion. Buddhism is popular in today's world, yet is not widely practiced in India where it originated. Jainism, which is similar to Buddhism is still active in some parts of India. Hinduism is by far the most dominant religion in India today.
The pieces date from the 2nd century to the early 1900s, and the exhibition provides an opportunity for the public to appreciate the diversity of religion.
Already, nearly 10-thousand people have visited the Shanghai Museum, nearly a doubling its average. And this is in spite of the fact that the number of visitors is limited in order to protect the relics.
The exhibition is the fourth collaboration between the British Museum and the Shanghai Museum and will run until November 15th.