Ten most valuable cultural relics in Shaanxi, including Bronze Chariot No.1, will be exhibited at. the 2011 International Horticultural Exposition in Xi'an, capital of east-central China's Shaanxi Province
Bronze Chariot No.1, one of the most valuable cultural relics kept in the Museum of the Terracotta Army and once displayed at the Shanghai World Expo, was sent to the Chang'an Pagoda on April 21. The pagoda is one of the iconic buildings of the horticultural expo.
The 2011 International Horticultural Exposition will be open to the public from April 28 to Oct. 22. Visitors will be able to enjoy a wonderful view of the expo from the top of the Chang'an Pagoda, and attend an exhibition of the 10 most valuable cultural relics in Shaanxi.
Two painted scale models of bronze chariots were unearthed in Xi'an's Lintong District in 1980. The two bronze chariots are elaborate in workmanship and elegant in appearance, and are regarded as the best of all ancient bronze ware ever found.
The Bronze Chariot No.1 was once displayed at the China Pavilion of the Shanghai World Expo. It weighs over 1,000 kilograms, and is made up of over 3,500 components, including a shaft, four bronze horses, a bronze driver, a large umbrella, over 3 kilograms of gold ornaments, and over 4 kilograms of silver ornaments. The chariot is lavishly decorated with colored drawings, and looks extremely elegant.
The other nine cultural relics to be exhibited include a painted kneeling terracotta archer, a five-ear Ding with a dragon design, a bronze crane, a gilt bronze horse, a tri-colored glazed camel carrying musicians, a gilt marble standing statue of the Bodhisattva Guanyin, a gilt bronze statue of the Amitabha Buddha by Dong Qin, a Bronze Lamp in the Shape of a Wild Goose Eating a Fish, and a Painting of Ladies Standing Under a Tree.
Wang Fengjun, deputy curator of Xi'an Museum, said that an exhibition of so many valuable cultural relics is very rare in China. He hopes the exhibition will help arouse the interest of visitors from around the world in the splendid ancient civilization in Shaanxi.
By People's Daily Online