cultural relics



Looted Ancient Bronzes Returned to Beijing

Two ancient bronze animal head sculptures looted from the Summer Palace during the Second Opium War were returned to China in accordance with the offer businessman François-Henri Pinault made during his visit to the country...

Kashgar’s Vanishing Memory

RFA has produced a multimedia report on the destruction of old Kashgar: Chinese authorities plan to rebuild the ancient Silk Road city of Kashgar to make it earthquake-proof, but a sanctuary of ancient Uyghur architecture and...

On This Rare Map, China is the Center of the World

The Library of Congress is currently displaying a map of the world created by Matteo Ricci in 1602 for the Chinese emperor Wanli: “In olden days, nobody had ever known that there were such places as North and South America...

China’s Campaign to Reclaim Cultural Relics

A team of Chinese cultural experts has been traveling to museums throughout the U.S. in search of items removed from the Old Summer Palace by British and Americans in 1860. As mentioned yesterday on CDT, the New York Times...

Chinese Team Searches Museums for Art Treasures

From the NYT: For the past two weeks, the delegation of Chinese cultural experts has swept through American institutions, seeking to reclaim items once ensconced at the Old Summer Palace in Beijing, which was one of the world’s...

China Renovates Former Palace Home Of Dalai Lamas

From AP: China has completed a seven-year renovation of Tibet’s Potala Palace — home to the Dalai Lamas until the region’s current spiritual leader fled during an aborted uprising against Communist rule 50 years ago....

China Denies Art Auction Bid Role

The Chinese government is denying any role in placing the winning bid at Christie’s on two sculptures which it says are looted objects. The winning bidder, Cai Mingchao, has since refused to pay for the pieces. BBC...

Phone Bidders get China Bronzes of Saint Laurent

Two bronzes from the Old Summer Palace have been sold for $18 million to two unidentified phone bidders. From Reuters: Two rare bronze sculptures that disappeared from China nearly 150 years ago — and that Beijing now wants back...

China Seeks to Stop Paris Sale of Bronzes

The Chinese government plans to file a lawsuit to try to reclaim statues going on sale at a Christie’s auction in Paris this week. The statues were reportedly looted from the Old Summer Palace (Yuanmingyuan) and are being...

Beijing Angry at Auction of Relics

Chinese officials are angry over the proposed sale of two bronze animal heads that were taken from the zodiac-themed fountain of the Old Summer Palace when it was looted by British and French troupes during the Second Opium War...

China Blasts U.S. for Theft of Ancient Relics

In an article by Reuters, the Chinese government identified the U.S. as the leading country guilty of harboring stolen Chinese relics. Shan Jixiang, director of the State Administration of Cultural Heritage, called on the United...




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