Tibet Museum receives 12 cultural relics recovered from overseas


Combination of photos shows Chinese cultural relics recovered from U.S. / China National Administration of Cultural Heritage

Combination of photos shows Chinese cultural relics recovered from U.S. / China National Administration of Cultural Heritage

A collection of 12 antiques and works of art recovered abroad has been attributed to the Tibet Museum in Lhasa, capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region (southwest China), the National Heritage Administration announced on Sunday. cultural.

The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office in the United States found a batch of cultural relics in March, which were later confirmed to be illegally smuggled from China. The Beijing administration requested the repatriation of these antiques, and a total of 12 items were delivered to Beijing in mid-July.

According to experts, these artifacts come from the southwestern part of the country, the oldest dating back to the Ming dynasty (1368-1644). They have important historical, artistic and scientific values, the experts said. Based on a preliminary examination, six of them are considered third-class cultural relics according to the country’s relic classification system.

China and the United States are both signatories to the UNESCO Convention on Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property. Prior to that, the United States had returned several batches of cultural relics to China, respectively, in March 2011, December 2015 and February 2019, according to the administration.

The Tibet Museum is the largest comprehensive museum in the region. These newly received relics will be on display in his new exhibit in the future.

(With the contribution of the agencies)