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East meets West: The Maritime Silk Road

From 29 September 2017 to 28 January 2018, the fifteenth-century halls of Museo nazionale del Palazzo di Venezia in Rome host the exhibition “East meets West: The Maritime Silk Road from the 13th to the 17th century”.

Oriente incontra Occidente: La Via della Seta Marittima dal XIII al XVII secolo

Among the trade routes that have developed over the centuries, the Silk Road is the oldest and historically most important. Perhaps less well-known, but equally relevant is the other “Silk Road”, the maritime one.

The exhibition presents over 100 objects from the Song Dynasty (960 – 1279) to the lateMing Dynasty (1368 – 1644) and recounts the freight traffic along the Maritime Silk Road, a place of exchange not only of goods but also of ideas and knowledge that have contributed to the development of successive modern societies.

In the four thematic sections – the Silk Road, the Way of Spices and Porcelain, the Way of Religions and the Way of Cultures – countless precious artifacts will be displayed: porcelain, jewels, thirsts, spices, paintings and objects of common use. Some of the works on display come from ancient wrecks, such as the one found in the shipwreck of Nanhai I in the Song Age, and those of the Wanli and Nan’ao of the Ming Dynasty.

  • Punta di cappello con gemme incastonate in oro - Dinastia Ming (1368-1644)
  • Caraffa in argento con manico - Museo del Guangdong
  • Collana in oro - Dinastia Song meridionali (1127 – 1279)

The exhibition, curated by Wei Jun, Director of Guangdong Provincial Museum, is based on the collaboration between the State Administration for Cultural Heritage of the People’s Republic of China and the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism. The project is part of the Memorandum of Understanding on the Partnership for the Cultural Heritage Promotion signed on October 7, 2010 by the Ministers of Culture of China and Italy. The agreement envisages the exchange of exclusive museum spaces dedicated to promote greater knowledge and understanding between the two states.

Information for the visit:

from 29 September 2017 to 28 January 2018
Museo nazionale del Palazzo di Venezia
Rome, via del Plebiscito 118
Timetables: Tuesday to Sunday from 8.30 am to 7.30 pm The ticket office closes at 6.30 pm.
Entrance tickets to the museum: full 10,00 € – reduced 5,00 €.
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