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China and Egypt. Cradles of the World

Neues Museum, Berlin

6 Jul - 3 Dec 2017

In this exhibition the treasures of Ancient Egyptian and Ancient Chinese art can be seen side-by-side. The show features scores of exhibits from China that have never been displayed in Europe before. The exhibits begin in 4500 BC and cover the art and culture of both civilisations all the way through to the Greek and Roman period (332 BC to 313 AD). The direct comparison of the ancient high cultures shows visitors how both societies had a decisive and enduring impact on the development of human history. Both ordinary items of everyday life and important art treasures can serve to bring us closer to these past cultures, communicating information about places, peoples, and ways of life. Find out more about the ‘Cradles of the World’ exhibition from the Neues Museum’s website.

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Gui Bowl with 'Snails', Western Zhou Dynasty. © Shanghai Museum

Gui Bowl with ‘Snails’, Western Zhou Dynasty. © Shanghai Museum

Double statue of Nefer-hor and his wife (c. 1292-1070 BC). © Egyptian Museum and Papyrus Collection, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

Double statue of Nefer-hor and his wife (c. 1292–1070 BC). © Egyptian Museum and Papyrus Collection, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

Mask of the Ta-Scherit-en-Hor, during the reign of Ptolemy (323–330 AD). © Egyptian Museum and Papyrus Collection, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

Mask of the Ta-Scherit-en-Hor, during the reign of Ptolemy (323–330 AD). © Egyptian Museum and Papyrus Collection, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

Column in the form of a face, Western Zhou Dynasty (1050–771 BC). © Shanghai Museum

Column in the form of a face, Western Zhou Dynasty (1050–771 BC). © Shanghai Museum

Servant figure, Western Han Dynasty. © Shanghai Museum

Servant figure, Western Han Dynasty. © Shanghai Museum

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