Iranian exhibition in Beijing’s Forbidden City

2024-01-13 11:45:23
Iranian exhibition in Beijing’s Forbidden City

The exhibition, dubbed “the Glory of Ancient Persia”, opened on January 11 and will run for three months at the Palace Museum in the Chinese capital Beijing.

It showcases 211 artefacts dating back to 3,000 years ago that introduce Iranian culture and art from the Iron Age to the Safavid Empire.

A Marlik gold cup with a unicorn motif, a Sasanian glass bowl from Iran’s northern region of Deilam, and the head of the Persepolis statue made of blue paste are among the works at display.

The exhibition, taking place at one of the world’s largest museums, is aimed at introducing the Iranian civilization and history to the Chinese people and to encourage them to visit Iran as the two countries inherit centuries of bilateral ties that are further expanding.

The Forbidden City, which is known as Gu Gong in the Chinese language, is located at the heart of the capital Beijing. The City hosted the imperial palace during the Ming and Qing dynasties (1911-1968). This historical complex was built over a period of 14 years between 1406 and 1420 during the reign of Emperor Chengzu of the Ming Dynasty.

The Forbidden City was turned into a museum in 1925, and now is showcasing nearly two million artifacts from the Ming and Qing dynasties. The palace museum encompasses 980 structures and covers an area of 72 hectares. In 1987, it was registered by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site and was named the largest collection of preserved ancient wooden structures in the world. The Palace Museum attracts over 16 million visitors per year from around the globe.

Iran’s deputy minister of Cultural Heritage, Tourism, and Handicrafts Ali Darabi who is heading a delegation to visit China and to open the Glory of Ancient Persia exhibition said that Iran's cultural heritage attracts the attention of numerous museums around the globe.

Chinese museums host the treasured Iranian artifacts in order to provide the Chinese people with the opportunity to become familiar with the treasures and characteristics of Iranian art, Darabi said, adding that the exhibition strengthens friendship between Iran and China.

(Source: Agencies)

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