Sunday, 11 October 2015 16:50

The ancient wonders of Cyprus and China

Artifact from ‘The Qin-Han Dynasties of China and Roman Cyprus: Aspects of Life of Two Distant Worlds’. Artifact from ‘The Qin-Han Dynasties of China and Roman Cyprus: Aspects of Life of Two Distant Worlds’.

Art and culture fans have the chance to appreciate the differences and similarities of two very distant worlds. The Archaeological Museum of the Limassol District is hosting the exhibition: ‘The Qin-Han Dynasties of China and Roman Cyprus: Aspects of Life of Two Distant Worlds’.

Visitors can admire the cultures, traditions and works of art of the Qin Dynasty (221-206BC) which signalled the beginning of China’s imperial era and the Han Dynasty (206BC-220AD), which is considered a golden age, especially in arts, politics and technology and in terms of power and prestige and comparable to the Roman Empire.

The dynasties’ artefacts are presented in juxtaposition with those of Cyprus from 58BC-395AD, a period during which it was under the domination of the Roman Empire and the status of pax romana.

The opening of the exhibition, the first of its kind, took place under the auspices of the Transport Minister, the Chinese Ambassador, the Director of Art Exhibitions China, the Deputy Director of Henan Museum in China and the Director of the Department of Antiquities.

Yiannis Violaris, Archaeological Officer at the Museum, pointed out the exhibition’s importance as a reminder of how antiquities can stimulate dialogue and encourage mutual understanding.

“We at the department are very proud to be able to host this unique exhibit and encourage the public to visit,” he told the Cyprus Weekly.

Visitors were equally enthusiastic and Chinese citizens expressed pride to see a small part of their heritage exhibited in such an interesting way.

Charis Theocharous, Doctor of Chinese Medicine and owner of the Chinese Medical Centre of Cyprus, said for him the exhibition came as a gift since it helped him get a better understanding of things he had recently been studying online.

His wife Wan Wei, a Kung Fu and Tai Chi instructor, thought that it was a great idea to put the artefacts side by side.

“The Han Dynasty was the first and most important empire in the history of China and the period during which China began to take shape and become the great nation it is today,” she explained.

The exhibition will stay open until December 14, the entrance fee is €2.50. For information, call 25305157.

Article as published in The Cyprus Weekly of October 9th 2015 

Mary Anglberger

I’ve been travelling the world for over 20 years teaching English and am now taking time to follow my passion for photography and writing. I want to share all the things, events and people that have inspired and inspire me and spread those positive vibes all around.

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