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Exhibit highlights intangible legacy at National Museum in Beijing

11-25-2010 09:00 BJT

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An exhibition epitomizing the essence of the traditional Chinese culture opened Tuesday at the National Museum of China in Beijing. The show offers a rare opportunity for the public to scrutinize some refined works of art at a closer range.

On display are various items that have been inscribed into the National Intangible Cultural Heritage list. One of the highlights is a lacquer piece decorated with refined line-carving patterns. The lacquer line-carving technique was originated and popularized in southern China, especially east China's Fujian Province. The skill is renowned for its delicate craftsmanship and subtle control of hand-muscles.

The line-carving patterns were previously featured prominently in Buddha sculptures. Nowadays the carving technique is employed in various ornaments.

Zhang Qingshan, Protection Center of Chinese Intangible Cultural Heritage, said, "Many of the items on display are recognized by UNESCO as the intangible cultural heritages of all human beings, like Mazu folk culture, and Nanyin Music. We hope such an exhibition can raise more public awareness of the protection of our cultural legacy."

The exhibition runs free of charge at the National Museum of China through December the 5th.

Editor:Zheng Limin |Source: CNTV.CN

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