Beijing, February 28: History and art enthusiasts, brace yourselves, because there is a treat for all art lovers. The National Museum of China is the next big event where a massive collection of the British Museum is set to come to Beijing, the bounty of which will make up a history of the world in 100 objects, from March 2 to May 31.The exhibition consists of eight parts: making us human to after the Ice Age (2,000,000-2,500BC); the first cities and states (3,000-700BC); powers and philosophy (700BC-100AD); world faiths and rituals (1-800AD); traders and raiders (300-1,100AD); changes (900-1,550AD); exploration and exploitation (1,500-1,800AD); and the world of our making (1800AD-present). The History of the World in 100 Objects narrates the development and diversities of global history through a selection of artifacts, pieces of artwork and other kinds of objects from the British Museum's encyclopedia collection.
Highlights among the treasures are a Clovis spear point (13,000-14,000 years old), the flood tablet (from 700-600BC), a shabti of Taharqo (644BC), a Roman silver pepper pot from Hoxne (350-400AD), and a Hebrew astrolabe (1345-1355AD). In fact, those cheeky curators have even added a 101st treasure for you to scout out, for something of an Easter egg hunt.
Entry to the regular exhibitions at the National Museum of China is free (though you'll need your passport), and you can book online in advance here (in English) to avoid crowds. This particular exhibition is an additional RMB 50. And if you make it to the museum on March 2 or 3, you can enjoy both exhibitions at once. Chinese objects to be the centerpieces include a civil official figure discovered in a Tang Dynasty tomb dated about AD 730 in central Henan province and a ceramic amphora produced between AD 600 and 700.