The Al Thani Collection Foundation is pleased to have loaned five works to 'Culture Exchange Along the Silk Road: Masterpieces of the Tubo Period' which opened last week at the Dunhuang Academy in China. This is the research institute which oversees the Mogao Caves, one of China’s most renowned UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Organised jointly by the Dunhuang Academy and the Pritzker Art Collaborative, the exhibition explores the Tibetan Tubo Kingdom (7th to 9th century AD) which united the peoples of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. By the latter half of the 9th century, having caused the Chinese Tang Empire to withdraw eastwards, the Tubo had developed a huge network of trade routes connecting with the rest of China, South Asia and Central Asia. The exhibition includes approximately 120 objects, many of which are on loan from the Pritzker Art Collaborative, with further loans from the Abegg Foundation in Switzerland, the National Museum of China, the Palace Museum in Beijing, the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, the Hirayama Ikuo Silk Road Museum in Japan, and the Art Institute of Chicago. The exhibition continues until 22 October 2019.
The pieces on loan from The Al Thani Collection are a Sasanian rhyton in silver and gold and modelled in the shape of a saiga antelope (5th to 7th century AD), a Sasanian silver and gold plate showing a royal hunting scene (6th to 7th century AD) and a Sogdian service consisting of a ewer, plate and wine vessel, made from gold and inset with turquoise (7th century AD).
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