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Rare artefacts from China here for exhibition

Published on Nov 20, 2012 10:47 PM

The Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan (SHHK) and Marina Bay Sands (MBS) have teamed up to organise an exhibition that showcases the seafaring legacy of the Fujian people.

The exhibition will feature rare artefacts from China including several "First Class Cultural Relics" that are protected under Chinese laws. They include 13th-century stone carvings which show early Islamic, Christian and Hindu influence in China, and a 16th century Ming Dynasty porcelain plate that is 0.5m wide. Some artefacts have left China for the first time to be exhibited in Singapore.

Also among the over 600 exhibits are never-seen-before items from the clan's own collection such as a calligraphy bestowed on its Thian Hock Keng temple by Emperor Guang Xu in 1907, and its 1828 land title deed when it bought land from the British East India Company to build the temple.

Called Fujians: The Blue Ocean Legacy, the exhibition opens at MBS' ArtScience Museum this Saturday. It is part of the 7th World Fujian Convention which the huay kuan is hosting.

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