An exhibition of 236 archaeological treasures from The People's Republic of China was opened at the Tokyo National Museum on Friday (June 8) in the presence of the Japanese Prime Minister Kakusi Tanaka.
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Background: An exhibition of 236 archaeological treasures from The People's Republic of China was opened at the Tokyo National Museum on Friday (June 8) in the presence of the Japanese Prime Minister Kakusi Tanaka.
The seven-weak long exhibition includes many recently excavated items which have never been seen outside China before.
It marks the establishing of diplomatic relations this year between Japan and The People's Republic.
The items have been chosen to emphasise 2,000 years of cultural exchange between the two countries.
Many exhibits range from the Han period, when cultural exchanges began between the two countries, to the Tang period (618-906 A.D.) when the exchanges reached their peak.
One of the highlights of the exhibition was a nobleman's funeral suit made of pieces of jade plates linked by silver wire. It was dug up from a grave in Hsuchow, in Kiangsu Province.
Other spectacular items included the figure of a horse in three colour glaze, a towered pavilion in green glaze and the figure of a camal and a woman.
SYNOPSIS: Many of the items were only dug up last year in Hunan Province and have not been publicly seen anywhere in the world yet.
One of the most spectacular items was this nobleman's funeral suit, made of plates of jade linked with silver wire. It was found in a grave at Hsuchow in Kiangsu Province.
The leader of the Chinese cultural mission, Mr. Wang Yeh-chiu, who is director of China's State Administrative Bureau of Museums and Archaeological Data, was among the first to tour the exhibition.
This towered pavilion in green glaze is a particularly intricate and beautiful piece of work.
Another precious item is the figure of a camel and camel groom, in green and brown glaze.
The exhibition includes bronzeware from the Han dynasty, and silk paintings and lacquerware found with the almost perfectly preserved body of a woman, more than two-thousand years old.
A three-colour sculpture of a horse, and a copy of a mural in the tomb of a Prince were other interesting exhibits.
The exhibition will later be shown at the Kyoto National Museum, Japan.