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  • 18January

    Sunken, 600-year-old Buddha emerges from water in China

    Beijing, China (CNN)A 600-year-old Buddha statue has been discovered in a reservoir in east China's Jiangxi Province after water levels fell during renovation work.

    A local villager first spotted the head of the Buddha last month when the water level fell by more than 10 meters during work on a hydropower gate, official state news agency Xinhua reported. 
    More info : CNN
  • 12January

    Bangladesh National Museum to be the first museum this year, from Bangladesh to join the VCM

    The VCM team is very much delighted to announce that Bangladesh National Museum has joined the VCM as the 138th participating museum! 


    The Bangladesh National Museum (BNM) is a national institution devoted to collection, preservation, exhibition and research works on the artifacts of historical, cultural and natural heritage. In 1983 on 17 November BNM was opened to the public incorporating the Dhaka Museum. The Dacca Museum was formally inaugurated by Lord Carmichael in a single room of the secretariat on 7 August 1913. The relics of ancient Bengali civilization representing Hindu, Buddhist, Muslim and other tribal people, the archaeological artifacts and the specimens of glorious Liberation War are the most significant objects of BNM. The museum has the largest collection of historical objects, sculptures, terracotta plaque and wood, architectural pieces of stones and woods, coins, ornaments, inscriptions, manuscripts, documents, metal works and paintings are important one. In addition museum has good collections of medieval arms and weapons, ivory works, boats, embroidered quilts, woodcarvings, wooden furniture, musical instruments, textiles, ceramics, objects of folk arts, contemporary arts and world civilization.


    The museum displays its objects in 44 galleries within a total exhibition area of more than 20,000 square meters.


    See the masterpieces of the Bangladesh National Museum here!





  • 06January

    Mural found in north China ancient tomb

    Archaeologists have found murals dating back more than 900 years in a tomb in north China's Shanxi province.

    The tomb, from the Jin Dynasty (1115 - 1234) is in Zhangzi county.

    The colorful murals are largely painted on a white background. The upper part features acts of filial piety, said Zhang Guanghui, a research fellow with Shanxi provincial archaeological research institute.

    Beneath, the murals depict people working and cooking. Flanking the gate of the tomb, there are images of herdsmen and cattle.

    The pictures are adorned with floral, animal and cloud motifs, Zhang said.

    "We have seen several tombs with murals from the Jin Dynasty, but such well-preserved ones are a rarity," he said.

    The tomb was found last April and reported as robbed. Artifacts and the bodies are missing, making it difficult for Zhang and his team to identify the original occupants.

    "Judging from the murals, however, we can deduce that the owners may have been aristocrats. They were certainly rich," he added.

    The tomb is now under the protection of the Museum of Shanxi.

    More info : ECNS.CN
  • 29December

    Yoga joins Unesco world heritage list
    Yoga, the mind-body discipline based on ancient Indian philosophy and now practised all over the world, has joined Unesco’s list of intangible world heritage.
    It was added to the prestigious list in recognition of its influence on Indian society, from health and medicine to education and the arts, the world heritage committee said in a statement.
    “Designed to help individuals build self-realisation, ease any suffering they may be experiencing and allow for a state of liberation, [yoga] is practised by the young and old without discriminating against gender, class or religion,” Unesco added in a tweet.
    The list of intangible cultural treasures was created 10 years ago, mainly to increase awareness about them, while Unesco also sometimes offers financial or technical support to countries struggling to protect them.
    On Wednesday, the Paris-based UN body added Cuba’s rumba dance and Belgium’s beer culture to the list, which also includes the Mediterranean diet, Peking opera and the Peruvian scissors dance.
    Unesco began compiling a list for cultural and natural world heritage – physical properties such as Cambodia’s Angkor Wat or the Grand Canyon in the United States – in 1972.
    The list now comprises 814 cultural sites, 203 natural ones and 35 with both natural and cultural qualities such as Australia’s Uluru national park, formerly known as Ayer’s Rock.
    The committee concludes its review of nominations to the list of “representative intangible cultural heritage of humanity” on Friday.


    More info : The Guardians
  • 27December

    Vietnamese National Museum of History to launch exhibition on Vietnam's National Treasures

    The Vietnam National Museum of History (VNMH) is now keeping 16 objects which have been recognized as Vietnam's National Treasures.


    They are: Ngoc Lu drum; Hoang Ha drum; Dao Thinh jar; Statue of a panpipe-playing couple piggybacking; Bronze lamp in the shape of a kneeing man, Bronze royal seal "Mon ha sanh an"; Pottery jar with swan patterns; Canh Thinh bronze drum; Book "Duong Kach Menh" of Nguyen Ai Quoc; Book "Nhat ky trong tu" of Ho Chi Minh; Handwriting of President Ho Chi Minh for calling of national resistance; Viet Khe boat coffin; Bell of Van Ban pagoda; Gold seal "Sac menh chi bao"; Stele of Nam Giao palace; Vo Canh Stele.

    VNMH is the national museum holding around 200.000 artifacts and documents which are said to be very valuable as they are representatives for Vietnamese history, culture and civilization.

    At the moment, VNMH is the institution keeping the most national treasures with 16 ones. By January 2017, those objects will be displayed in the exhibition of VNMH in Hanoi. Together, the related documents such as the drawings, the plates and illustrations as well as video clips displaying the process of the discovery, study and scholar's comments will be displayed under 3D technology.    

    More info : Vietnam National Museum of History
  • 20December

    Maritime Museum of Piran from Slovenia Joined the VCM

    The VCM is pleased to welcome a new participating museum, Maritime Museum of Piran!

    Founded as the Piran Town Museum in 1954, the Maritime Museum »Sergej Mašera" Piran is the central Slovenian maritime institution that collects, keeps, explores and publicly displays Slovenian maritime heritage as well as maritime heritage of the present-day coastal region that was inhabited in the past, and still is, by Romance population as well. The Museum boasts a rich archaeological collection, collections of sea fisheries, salt-making, shipbuilding and seafaring, a collection of marinist paintings and figureheads, ship models, nautical items and equipment, navy uniforms, and a cartographic collection.

    Check out the masterpieces of Maritime Museum of Piran here.

  • 08December

    Baekje kingdom's rich culture to be revisited in exhibition

    SEOUL, Nov. 28 (Yonhap) -- Among many ancient kingdoms that came and went during the 5,000 years of Korean history, Baekje is one of the most culturally rich, with its influence spreading far beyond its borders.

    In the new exhibition "Baekje Historic Areas of World Heritage" that is to open Tuesday, the National Museum of Korea will showcase historic relics and cultural heritage uncovered from sites where the former kingdom was located. It is also to mark the one year anniversary of the Baekje Historic Areas being listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in July last year. The Baekje areas are the 12th historic areas to be recognized by the U.N. agency.

    The exhibition is the first since the museum opened a similar event in 1999 focusing on the kingdom's unique culture and history that hold universal value, according to the museum.

    "Among many reasons that the areas were listed as a UNESCO Heritage site, Baekje's active exchange with neighboring countries and the uniqueness of its culture are the two biggest ones," said Yi Young-hoon, director-general of the museum, during a press briefing, a day before the official opening.

    The Baekje Kingdom (18 B.C. - 660 A.D.), which used to stand in the midwestern region of Korea, is one of the Three Kingdoms of Korea, together with Koguryo and Silla. The UNESCO-registered areas cover eight archaeological sites including the Gongsanseong fortress and Jeongnimsa Temple Site.

    In the exhibition, some 350 pieces of the kingdom's artifacts are shown under three sections: capital cities, Buddhist temples and royal tombs.

    Even though Baekje was influenced by ancient Chinese culture, it reinterpreted and absorbed it in its own unique way and spread it to other Korean kingdoms and Japan, said Kim Jin-kyung at a briefing. Kim is the curator of the exhibition.

    On display will be be remains of houses, buildings, gardens and storage facilities that offer an interesting glimpse into the ordinary lives of people.

    The curator said through remains such as clay pipes, inscribed stones that were used to build a wall, roof tiles with stamped letters and various designs and stove pipes, it can be learned that the kingdom boasted not only highly developed city planning but also a fine living standard for the social elites.

    Among many noteworthy items include pieces of lacquered armor with inscriptions which are to be shown to the public for the first time since they were excavated in 2011.

    Epitomizing the essence of Baekje's culture, the museum cited "Simple but not shoddy, splendid but not opulent," a phrase taken from the book "Samguk Sagi," or the "History of the Three Kingdoms," which used the phrase to describe a palace that was built during the reign of King Onjo, founder of the Baekje Kingdom.

    "Watching the priceless cultural heritage that our ancestors left to us some 1,700 years ago, I ask myself what we can pass onto the generations to come after us," said the director-general. "I hope this exhibition brings the very same question to the minds of many Koreans."

       The exhibition runs through Jan. 30.

    More info : Yonhap News Agency
  • 21November

    Shaping The Future Of Our Cities

    With the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by the United Nations in September 2015, the world agreed upon an ambitious roadmap. This marks a significant shift from traditional approaches to development cooperation and is innovative in many important ways. The 2030 Agenda fully integrates for the first time the role of culture, including cultural heritage and the diversity of cultural expressions, as an enabler of sustainable development across more than half of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

    More info : Impakter
  • 15November

    Ancient Egyptian mummy discovered 'in very good condition'

    Spanish archaeologists have discovered an ancient Egyptian mummy in “very good condition” near Luxor, according to Egypt’s antiquities ministry.

    The remains were found in a tomb probably dating from between 1075BC and 664BC on the west bank of the Nile, 435 miles (700km) south of Cairo, a statement said.

    The mummy, bound with linen stuck together with plaster, was in a brightly coloured wooden sarcophagus buried near a temple from the era of the warrior king Thutmose III.

    The tomb was likely to have belonged to a nobleman, Amenrenef, who would have been a servant of the royal household, the ministry said.

    The archaeological team’s head, Myriam Seco Alvarez, said the mummy was adorned with many colourful decorations recalling religious symbols from ancient Egypt, such as the goddesses Isis and Nephtys displaying their wings, and the four sons of Horus.

    Evidence suggests that the practice of wrapping bodies to preserve them after death in Egypt dates back as far as 4500BC.

    Luxor, a city of about 500,000 people, has many temples and tombs built by pharaohs. It is a key site for Egypt’s tourist industry, which has been battered by political instability and jihadi violence since the 2011 revolution that toppled the longtime dictator Hosni Mubarak.

    More info : The Guardians
  • 01November

    The National Museum of the Republic of Kazakhtsan became a new member of VCM
    VCM welcomes the National Museum of the Republic of Kazakhstan as a new participating museum! 
    Created in the framework of the 'Cultural Heritage' State Program on behalf of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev, the museum has been developing various kinds of excursions - survey and thematic, philosophical, special programs in the form of interactive sessions and gaming excursions. It aims to become a modern intellectual cultural institution, a place for the analysis, comparison, reflection, discussion, and evaluation of statements on historical and cultural heritage of Kazakhstan. 
    More info : National Museum of the Republic of Kazakhstan
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