Pakistan loans out 173 Gandhara art pieces to China for exhibition

The art pieces were from different parts of the country, including Hund, Islamabad, Karachi, Swat, and Peshawar museums.

Pakistan loans out 173 Gandhara art pieces to China for exhibition

In a recent development, Pakistan has loaned 173 Gandhara art pieces to China. The Department of Archaeology and Museums has sent one of the biggest consignments of antique masterpieces of Gandhara art to China for an exhibition in Beijing.

The art pieces were from different parts of the country, including Hund, Islamabad, Karachi, Swat, and Peshawar museums. They will be displayed on 15th February at the Palance Museum Forbidden City, and the exhibition will go on for three months.

Pakistan sets 173 art pieces to China

The provincial department of archaeology in KP and Punjab have both provided endless support and loaned out the best specimens of Gandhara art from their collections. Likewise, top officials from Pakistan will also be present at the event. Pakistan Embassy in China, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Chinese Embassy in Islamabad played a significant role in materializing this event.

The exhibition will open new areas of cooperation in the fields of cultural heritage and museums between Pakistan and China. Deputy Director of the Department of Archaeology and Museums Dr. Mehmoodul Hassan said that the Palace Museum was one of the most special and largest institutions of China for the preservation of cultural heritage.

The Palace Museum will provide assistance to its Pakistani counterparts in the field of documentation, archaeological research, treatment of museum artifacts, and conservation of monuments. Likewise, there may also be scholarships for young Pakistani professionals. Projects in collaboration with the Palace Museum will help in capacity building on the institutions to promote the country’s cultural heritage. The Chinese had requested 250 items, but the Lahore Museum couldn’t take part due to administrative issues.

Prior to this, Pakistan also loaned out a huge consignment of ancient artifacts in 2008 to Germany. They were also exhibited in France and Switzerland and were returned in 2011.

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