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Tibetan treasures to be exhibited in Taiwan from July

2010/06/02 18:52:24

Taipei, June 2 (CNA) An exhibition of Tibetan art treasures,including rarely shown objects from the Dalai Lama and Panchen Lamapalaces in Tibet, will open July 1 at Taiwan's National Palace Museum(NPM),

The "Sacred Land Tibet -- Treasures from the Roof of the World"exhibition will showcase a total of 130 artifacts from differenthistorical periods spanning the 5th to the 20th century, said NPMDeputy Director Feng Ming-chu.

The treasures, which will include 36 first-class exhibits fromChina, will "display the superiority of Tibetan art in everydimension," she said.

One such example is a 77-centimeter tall gold-plated statute ofBodhisattva with 11 faces and 1,000 arms, which was created duringthe Qing Dynasty, according to one of the exhibition's co-organizers,the Gold Media Group.

The statue has been kept at Norbulingka palace, the traditionalsummer residence of successive Dalai Lamas, the Gold Media Groupsaid.

All 130 exhibits will be shipped from Beijing to Taiwan at theend of June and will carry an insurance value of NT$300 million(US$9.3 million), according to the group.

Tickets for the exhibition are available at all 7-11 storesaround Taiwan and at Books.com at a price of NT$220 each or NT$320per pair.

The exhibition will run through Sept. 19.

(By Cheng Ching-wen and Elizabeth Hsu)
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