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Drents museum, ancient tombs rebuild

Drents museum, ancient tombs rebuild

The Drents Museum in Assen in the netherlands this spring-two, some thousand-year-old tombs from China exact and real size model. Also the wall paintings to be copied.

The tombs are approximately 6 metres long and 2.5 metres wide. The tombs of Han Chinese who were part of the Liao empire, where the museum is his third ‘Chinese’ exhibition on the topic.

The Liao were originally nomads, but built in the tenth and eleventh centuries an empire that stretched across areas in the current Mongolia, China and Russia. In that kingdom lived also the Han, but the Liao were in control. According to curator Vincent van Vilsteren, who is now in China is to visit the exhibition (23 april to 29 October) to prepare for, is the empire of the Liao “to compare with the Roman empire”.

In the meantime, denied them their nomadic origins: “In the cities, they built a tent, a yurt, next to their home”.

Death mask

An important piece of the exhibition is the golden death mask of the in 1018 died princess of Chen. Archaeologists found the tomb of her and her husband in 1986. This one was fully intact, just as the complete contents, including boots of gilded silver.

There are some 145 objects from Hohhot to Axes, predominantly can be found. They were, according to Van Vilsteren for the last lent in 2012, to a museum in Tokyo. But after the successful exhibitions of the terracotta army of Xi’an in 2008 and the Tang dynasty in china in 2011 had Axes fine paper to temporarily make a large selection to borrow.

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