A National Gallery blockbuster

May 24, 1999|By San Francisco Examiner

Climaxing more than seven years of diplomatic effort, a blockbuster collection of Chinese archaeological treasures will be exhibited at three U.S. museums this year and next, beginning at the National Gallery in Washington.

"The Golden Age of Chinese Archaeology," featuring a collection of 248 pieces that are among the earliest known, will also be exhibited at the Houston Museum of Art and the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco.

The artifacts include gold, silver, jade, bronze, porcelain and textile items, some of which date back thousands of years to the Stone and Bronze ages. All have been gathered from archaeological discoveries made in graves during the last quarter-century.

The exhibit's Washington opening will take place in September. It will then go to Houston before arriving in San Francisco.

Among objects due to be exhibited are Neolithic (late Stone) Age jade ritual objects and jewelry estimated to be 5,000 to 6,000 years old, some gathered from digs near Shanghai, others from Liaoning province in northeastern China.

Dating to the Bronze Age are a series of life-size bronze figures from Sichuan.

Pub Date: 5/24/99

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