Relic exhibition reveals secrets of metallurgy along the ancient Silk Road

LANZHOU, Aug. 20 (Xinhua) — A cultural relics exhibition showing the development history of metallurgy along the ancient Silk Road opened in Dunhuang, a famous Silk Road city in northwest China’s Gansu Province.

The exhibits consist of a total of 254 metal objects such as bronze rhyton, gold ornaments and the bronze statue of a Gandhara-style temple, as well as gold and silver coins, representing civilizations in areas from the Mesopotamian Plains to the Amu Darya Basin in Central Asia and from the region Gandhara to the East Asian countries.

These cultural relics, some dating back as far as 4,000 years ago, show the metallurgical techniques of early civilizations, as well as the dissemination and mixing process of metallurgy along the ancient Silk Road, according to Dunhuang Academy.

The exhibition, co-organized by Dunhuang Academy and Hirayama Ikuo Silk Road Museum of Japan, runs until November 18.

Tokot Hirayama, curator of the Hirayama Ikuo Silk Road Museum, said she hopes the exhibition can promote cultural communication and cooperation between China and Japan.

The exhibition embodies the cultural exchanges between the two countries as well as the close people-to-people ties between the countries along the Silk Road, said Su Bomin, director of Dunhuang Academy.

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