Quality prints of Tang-dynasty murals exhibited in Taipei

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About 40 high-quality prints of murals, found inside tombs from China's Tang Dynasty (618-907), were exhibited on Monday in Taipei.

It is the first exhibition on tomb murals of the Tang Dynasty on this scale in Taiwan, said Chen Chun-lin, chief of Taipei-based Hanya Culture, one of the exhibition's organizers, at the opening ceremony.

The prints were copied through digital technologies from the murals unearthed from royal and aristocratic tombs around Xi'an in northwest China's Shaanxi Province, including several highly valuable ones in the collection of the Shaanxi History Museum in Xi'an.

The exhibition consists of four parts showing what the city of Chang'an looked like, what people wore, what sport they played, and their exchanges with foreigners during the Tang Dynasty. It also introduces how these murals were unearthed, restored and conserved.

Unlike murals in temples, palaces and grottoes, which gradually change over time, the murals inside tombs mostly hold their original shapes and reflect the era in which they were created, Chen said. She added that, through these mural prints, visitors could gain a vivid understanding of the Tang Dynasty.

"The Tang Dynasty has been commonly recognized as one of the golden eras in Chinese history and left profound influences on our culture and even everyday life," Chen said, citing an example that at least 30 streets or lanes in Taiwan were named after Chang'an.

The exhibition is on until Oct. 8 at Taiwan Normal University and will then tour five more universities across the island.

The exhibition was jointly organized by the mainland-based China Soong Ching Ling Foundation and the Shaanxi Cultural Heritage Promotion Association.

"We hope to create an opportunity and a platform for young people to have a better understanding of Chinese traditional culture," said Yu Qun, vice chairperson of the China Soong Ching Ling Foundation, at the opening ceremony held concurrently in Xi'an.

The exhibition is also an important program to enhance people-to-people exchanges across the Taiwan Strait, he said. 

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