Monday, April 19, 2010
BOWERS MUSEUM EXHIBITION: SECRETS OF THE SILK ROAD
SECRET OF THE SILK ROAD
Through July 25th, 2010
2002 N. Main St. Santa Ana, California
I just visited the Bowers and it is well worth the trip to Orange County, CA to see this important and exciting exhibition. This is the first time these rare mummies and related artifacts have been allowed to travel to the US, another major coup for museum director Peter Keller.
Grave sites unearthed in the Tarim Basin of northwest China have revealed a fascinating past: a 4000 year old civilization of farmers and herders with European ancestry. Included in this exhibition is the complete mummified remains of female, nicknamed the "Beauty of Xiaohe", a mummified infant, a boat shaped shrine with phallic markers, rare textiles, gold masks, jewelry, bronzes, and wooden effigies.
For a review in the LA Times, by Scarlet Cheng, please go to: