At long last, the Secrets of the Silk Road are at Penn Museum. China had previously denied access to the collection of ancient artifacts and mummies but has since relented.
The display is one of the largest collections of ancient artifacts concerning the Silk Road of the Orient. The artifacts and mummies that are included in the exhibit are at least 1,000 years old, and some of them are at least 3,600 years old.
Dr. Victor H. Mair, a consulting scholar, curatorial consultant, and catalog editor for the museum helped to bring the display to the museum. Mair did extensive research on the theory that China was connected to the rest of the world through trade routes.
The fascination of this exhibit, according to Mair, is not only how well the mummies and artifacts are preserved, but also the fact that it reflects Western contact with this Eastern country. The exhibition, containing more than 100 artifacts, displays brilliant colors and skillful weaving patterns of the time and place along with notable evidence that the far East was indeed connected to the West.
The exhibit will be on display in its entirety until March 15th at the Penn Museum. After March 15th, 2 of the mummies will be removed, and the remaining exhibition will be on display until March 28th. The museum has extended its hours to give everyone who desires to do so a chance to look into this moment in time.