Friday 3 August 2012

China adds cultural strength to medal feat

China is not just a leader on the London 2012 Olympic medal table, but also flexing its cultural muscle as an exhibition on struggle for imperial power in ancient China ’s Han Dynasty has recorded over 50, 000 visitors.

Currently holding at Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge as part of the London summer games, The Search for Immortality is featuring over 350 treasures in jade, gold, silver, bronze and ceramics. Also on display, according to sources are two royal jade suits and the finest surviving example of a jade coffin on loan.
A China’s 2nd Century BC Jade Suit of Western Han Dynasty. (175 cm; Width: 68 cm. Unearthed at Shizishan in 1994-1995.) 
The cultural objects, it was learnt, are showing outside China for the first time.

Curator, Dr James Lin said: “We are delighted that numbers to The Search for Immortality have exceeded our most optimistic expectations. We are not even halfway through the span of the exhibition and have already had 50,000 visitors. We hope that many more visitors will take this unprecedented opportunity to see this exhibition before it closes on 11 November.”

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