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    A large collection of Chinese archaeological treasures -- "Treasures of Chinese Art," is now on display in Paris.

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    A large collection of Chinese archaeological treasures -- "Treasures of Chinese Art," is now on display in Paris.

    The collection of 400 pieces is on display for the first time outside The People's Republic of China. Their exhibition at the Petit Palais Museum follows months of negotiations between the France and Chinese governments.

    A large the pieces are a 600,000 year old female skull, which before its exhibit in Paris, had been seen only in Peking's Forbidden City. It is believed to be the oldest evidence of human life yet discovered.

    Two of the highlights of the show are a jab burial shroud and a bronze figure of a galloping horse, both of the Han Dynasty, which was at the peak of its power before the time of Christ. Both were found during the Cultural Revolution.

    The burial shroud, of Han Princess Teou Wan, is made of 2,156 small squares of jade, sown together with gold thread, made to cover the head and body in the fashion of an Egyptian mummy. There is no estimate of its true worth. Curators of the collection call it priceless.

    The bronze figure is known as the "Flying Horse of Kansu".

    For insurance purposes, the collection has been valued at GBP20 million starling (50 million dollars).

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    Film ID:
    VLVAAHYY014WJQKD3D51ZJUDBGRE6
    Media URN:
    VLVAAHYY014WJQKD3D51ZJUDBGRE6
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/05/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:19:00
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    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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