The period of the Tang dynasty (AD 618-907) is one of the “golden eras” in the history of China. The Chinese empire achieved unprecedented economic and cultural heights, made a number of important inventions, doubled in area, and consolidated its political influence across the continent of Asia.
The Tang Era also coincides with the critical period of the so-called 'dark-ages' of Byzantine history and with the first years of the Macedonian renaissance.
Recently displayed at the Naples Museum of Archaeology and now on view at the Byzantine and Christian Museum in Athens (until 31 August), the exhibition, entitled Tang Dynasty China: A Golden Age (7th-10th Centuries), juxtaposes the evolution of these two civilisations during the same period and offers the viewer a comparative reading of Byzantine civilisation in relation to a distant people in the Far East.
Some 170 objects – mainly from graves and belonging to major Chinese museums including Beijing’s National Museum – are presented in the new halls of the Byzantine Museum extension to reveal the life of the imperial court and of high-ranking officials, relations between the Tang dynasty and neighbouring countries, the way in which emperors and nobles were buried, afterlife beliefs and Buddhist worship. The exhibition is organised into four large sections:
A. Palaces and Administration
B. Towards the West
C. Life after Death
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