Silk road treasures of the Tang Dynasty come to Sydney for first time
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney Showing until: 10 July 2016
Tang: treasures from the Silk Road capital features a wondrous array of rare gold, silver and glass artefacts as well as ceramics, sculptures and mural paintings from the Tang mpire, many of which are national treasures of hina, attesting to their great cultural significance. ome of the ob ects have never before been e hibited outside of hina.
hile urope was still in the ark ges, the Tang mpire (618-907) became the richest and most powerful realm in the world. t the heart of the Tang mpire was its capital city, hang’an present day i’an . ome to one million people and situated at the start of the famous Silk Road trade route, this cosmopolitan metropolis was renowned as a city of great wealth, cultural diversity and religious devotion.
The e hibition focuses on life in hang’an during the Tang mpire. ach of the artefacts in the e hibition carries a story from this extraordinary city: from the elevation of tea drinking to an art form, the booming artisanship in gold, silver and ceramics to great innovations in hinese fashion and music.
The exhibition Tang: treasures from the Silk Road capital is accompanied by Pure Land: inside the Mogao Grottoes at
Dunhuang, a spectacular interactive installation of one of the orld eritage listed ogao rottoes, known as the aves of the Thousand uddhas, now closed to public for conservation reasons.
Dragon c.700s, gilded bronze with an iron core unearthed from Caochangpo in the southern suburb of Xi’an, 197. Shaanxi History Museum