Tibet relics at Palace Museum

Publish Time: 2019-12-11 Author: Liu Zhongyin and Zhao Yusha From: Global Times

Rare chance to appreciate cultural, religious exchanges

Visitors appreciate scroll painting Thang-ga at the exhibition in Palace Museum on Tuesday. Photo: Li Hao/GT

Relics from the Tashi Lhunpo Monastery, successive Panchen Lamas' preaching place, traveled outside their home for the first time, and made a debut at the 600-year-old Palace Museum in Beijing, which gives visitors a rare opportunity to taste Tibetan Buddhism art and appreciate the extended cultural and religious exchanges between different ethnic groups. 

The exhibit, titled "the Fortune and Longevity of Sumeru: an Encounter between the Tashi Lhunpo Monastery and the Palace Museum," features cultural relics related to successive Panchen Lamas and Buddhism art. Among them, 77 pieces are from the monastery and 203 from the Palace Museum, and were opened to the public at the Palace Museum on Tuesday.

This is the first time that the museum will embrace an exhibit featuring successive Panchen Lamas' and Buddhism culture within the palace since its establishment in 1925. It is also the first time the monastery's cultural relics are traveling outside the monastery and facing the public at a museum, according to a document sent to the Global Times by the cultural heritage administration of the Tibet Autonomous Region. 

Being the preaching place for successive Panchen Lamas, the monastery has kept many precious relics granted to Panchen Lamas by emperors from the Qing dynasty (1644-1911), such as the emperor's paperwork of accolade Panchen Lamas. 

Some of the relics on display are tributes to emperors from other ethnic minority groups, such as the Mongols. 

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