“China Treasures” Exhibition at Riyadh National Museum

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Riyadh National Museum hosts a collection of unique Chinese treasures and archaeological artifacts to showcase them for its visitors within the exhibition of “Treasures of China” to be held from 3 Muharram -15 rabe’Awal, 1440H, corresponding to 13/9–23/11/2018, Under the auspices of His Royal Highness Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz President of The Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage.

More than 200 Rare Artifacts

The exhibition includes more than 200 Chinese artifacts, including rare pieces that have never been displayed outside China. They represent valuable archetypes of the Chinese cultural heritage extending back to thousands of years, as the exhibition presents a clear vision of the cultural development and social, cultural and aesthetic life at China. In this way, visitors can be more acquainted with China’s culture and its civilization history, thus be able to understand the way of its people’s life in a far better way.

The exhibition consists of five sections representing the timelines and historical dynasties that China has passed through. These include: The phase of ‘the beginning of civilization and performing rites’, the "unification, integration and development" phase, the "comprehensive and diversified foreign exchange" phase, the "ocean business and trade development " phase, ‘Imperialism power and royal tolerance”. The exhibits vary from pottery, bronze, jade, porcelain, gold, silver, enamel, and many other Chinese treasures.

The National Museum also exhibits – on the sidelines of the museum- architypes of the Chinese artifacts recovered during the archaeological excavations at various sites of Saudi Arabia which represent the commercial exchange between China and the Arabic peninsula civilizations. In addition, an avenue will be allocated to introduce the excavation worksbeing implemented currently by the joint Saudi-Chinese team at Al-Sereen site in Qunfudha Governorate, within the international Saudi missionaries working at archaeological excavationsin Saudi Arabia.

Co-operation in Archaeology

The exhibition comes as an extension of co-operation in the field of archaeology between Saudi Arabia and the People’s Republic of China, in the framework of the joint cooperation agreement signed between  the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage and the State Administration of the Chinese Cultural Heritage which includes cooperation in the fields of archaeological research, archaeology exhibitions and museum activities.

The National Museum at the Chinese capital, Beijing, had previously hosted “Roads of ArabianExpo- Saudi Arabia artifacts across ages” organized by the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage in Rabi’ Al-Awal, 1438H (Dec. 2016) and lasted for three months within its tour at a number of international museums.

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​The exhibition will be held during the period:

3 Muharram 1440 A.H
15 Rabie I 1440 A.H


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