A large collection of Chinese archaeological treasures -- "Treasures of Chinese Art," is now on display in Paris.
GV & SV Musea de Petit Palais (2 shots)
SV INTERIOR..sign "Chinese Art Treasures"
SV & CUs vases in exhibit (3 shots) (1 and 2 exhibit)
SV ZOOM IN & CU..door ornament (2 shots)
SV People looking at exhibits
SV Exhibit, seated figure
SV PAN..Prone mummy in jade - with woman viewing it
CU TILT DOWN. bronze horse
SV PAN..along exhibits of bronze horses, carts and miniature carriages
SV People looking at exhibition
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Background: 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).