Xi'an – Imperial Power in the Afterlife
Burial Goods and Temple Treasures from China's Ancient Capital
Results of German-Chinese cooperation in the Protection of Cultural Property
21 April - 23 July 2006
This exhibition presents recent archaeological discoveries from the vast
necropolis surrounding the city of Xi'an in today’s Shaanxi province,
the very cradle of Chinese culture and capital of China through thirteen
Taking the unification of the empire under China's first emperor Qin
Shihuangdi as its starting point, the exhibition focuses on the Qin, Han
and Tang dynasties (221 BC – 907 AD) and showcases around 200
magnificent objects from the sumptuous funerary complexes and rich
temple furnishings of the emperor and the aristocracy.
An impressive computer-aided display allows a glimpse into the as yet
unopened burial chambers of two imperial tombs.
Employing the latest technology, the exhibition introduces the public to
the area around China's ancient capital and highlights the outstanding
importance of this world heritage site.
A comprehensive book on the archaeology of Xi'an is published in
conjunction with the exhibition, and an international conference will
bring together the leading scholars of the field.
Xi'an - Imperial Power in the Afterlife marks more than fifteen years of
cooperation between Germany and China in the domain of the preservation
of the cultural heritage supported by The Federal Ministry of Education
with kind regards,
Matthias Arnold (Art-Eastasia list)
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