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Exhibition highlighting diversity of Asian cultures opens at Confucius Museum

chinadaily.com.cn| Updated: April 26, 2020

A major exhibition at the Confucius Museum in Qufu, Shandong province opened on April 24, showcasing the richness and diversity of Asian cultures.

The Splendor of Asia: An Exhibition of Asian Civilizations, which lasts until October 18, takes visitors on a journey across the vast lands of the continent and through its long history through examinations of 151 cultural relics from 10 countries and regions, including Syria, Cambodia, Pakistan and Lebanon.

An Iranian bracelet dating back 7,000 years, a prehistoric terracotta burial pot from Zarif Koruna, Pakistan, the head of a Buddha from Afghanistan, and a Roman period perfume bottle called "Amphorisko" from Beirut, Lebanon, are just a sample of the many objects providing insight into the daily lives of those who lived in the early days of civilization.

"It is the first international cultural relics exhibition to be held at the Confucius Museum, and features a large number of top-level exhibits from participating countries," said Yang Jinquan, deputy curator of Confucius Museum.

"Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, communications and handovers were done through online conferences, and professional and technical personnel from many national museums worked remotely."

The museum is also using interactive multimedia to more vividly showcase the cultural relics and offer an immerse experience for visitors, said Yang.

"The exhibits are very impressive, and I can see how ancient civilizations arose and thrived in different parts of Asia over the past millennia," said a visitor surnamed Zhang.

The Splendor of Asia: An Exhibition of Asian Civilizations opens at the Confucius Museum in Qufu, Shandong province on April 24. [Photo/WeChat account: kongzibowuguan]

A Kashmir shawl from India, 19th century AD, length 172 cm, width 178 cm is exhibited at the Confucius Museum. [Photo/WeChat account: kongzibowuguan]