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A joint exhibition featuring Indian and Chinese sculptures dated to the fifth through the eighth centuries opens today. Director Shan Jixiang; Mr. Prem Kumar Nagta, vice director of the National Museum, New Delhi; and Mr. Vijay Gokhale, the Indian Ambassador in China spoke during the opening ceremony held at the Palace Museum on the afternoon of 27 September, 2016. Deputy-directors Wang Yamin, Feng Naien, Lou Wei, and Li Xiaocheng also attended the ceremony. Among the distinguished guests were Mr. Zheng Xinmiao, director of the Palace Museum Research Institute and Mr. Li Ji, director of the Archaeology Institute under the Palace Museum Research Institute.
The exhibition "Across the Silk Road: Gupta Sculptures and Their Chinese Counterparts During 400-700 CE" s howcases 175 sculptures typical of the Indian Gupta and post-Gupta periods and the period from the Northern Wei (386-534) through early Tang dynasty (618-907) in imperial China. With some fashioned from bronze and terracotta, these ancient works are primarily made of stone. Fifty-six exhibit items are on loan from nine museums across India, and 119 items were contributed from museums in Hebei, Henan, Shandong, Shaanxi, Sichuan, and Gansu provinces and the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region of China. This is the first time an exhibition held in China focuses on the comparison of ancient Indian and Chinese sculptures of the same period. The scale of the exhibition provides for a cultural feast rarely seen and serves an integral role in Sino-Indian bilateral cultural exchange.
Free of charge with admission to the Museum, the exhibition is mounted in the tower galleries of the Meridian Gate (Wu men). Following this Beijing premiere, the exhibits will tour Fujian, Zhejiang, and Sichuan provinces.