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Asian Civilisations Museum unveils Tang treasures from historic temple in Shaanxi

Published on Jan 16, 2014 11:40 AM
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When the 13-storey Famen Temple in Shaanxi collapsed in 1981, it revealed three underground crypts full of Tang dynasty treasures buried deep beneath its foundations.

Now you can catch these rare artefacts in South-east Asia for the first time at a new exhibition at Singapore's Asian Civilisations Museum. The exhibition, Secrets Of The Fallen Pagoda: Treasures From Famen Temple And The Tang Court, opens on Jan 17 and will run until May 4.

The showcase is presented in collaboration with two agencies from northeast China's Shaanxi province, the Provincial Cultural Relics Bureau and Cultural Heritage Promotion Centre. It will feature over 120 artefacts - ranging from tomb guardians to tea sets - from 14 different cultural institutions in the Shaanxi region.

The objects on display here all date back to the Tang dynasty, which lasted from 618 to 907. While there are numerous gems among the pieces on show, the highlight of the exhibition is a tiny jade coffin-shaped reliquary which supposedly contained a 4cm fragment of a Buddha finger bone relic.

 
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