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Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region Museum

Why is Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region Museum special?

 

Xinjiang Museum highlights various exhibits from different ethnic groups. Pictures, life-like models, artifacts of architecture, production tools, costumes, daily necessities and stationary are displayed in the hall, which showed traditional cultures of 12 minority nationalities in Xinjiang, such as the Uygur, Kazak, Mongolian, and the Russian.

 

There has long been crossroads for many different kinds of people. Their diversity of scripts and cultures is exhibited in this museum through archaeological material including documents in some twelve different scripts with a particularly large number from the Han Dynasty found at Turfan. The documents cover military, economic, cultural, and political affairs. Clay or terracotta sculptures are also featured in the Xinjiang Museum. Among those are single-humped Central Asian camels, fat and vigorous Yuan-dynasty horses, women figurines in all postures, impressively fierce soldiers and so on.

 

Xinjiang Autonomous Region Highlights

 

Diversified Ethnic Cultures

 

Xinjiang Museum highlights various exhibits from different ethnic groups. Pictures, life-like models, artifacts of architecture, production tools, costumes, daily necessities and stationary are displayed in the hall, which showed traditional cultures of 12 minority nationalities in Xinjiang, such as the Uygur, Kazak, Mongolian, and the Russian.

 

Display of Ancient Dried Corpses

 

The display of ancient corpses is the highlight of Xinjiang Museum, for it is in this region that a great number of ancient and well-preserved remains discovered. These are quite different from the mummies in Egypt that were created by skilled embalming procedures. The Xinjiang corpses were dried by the particular natural environment. In all there are twenty-one specimens in the collection including men, women, lovers, and generals. The “Loulan beauty” is among the best preserved and most famous ones in the museum. The “Loulan beauty” has a reddish brown skin, thick eyelashes, charming large eyes, and long hair. This particularly “charming” corpse has survived for an estimated 4,000 years.

 

Display of Historical Relics

 

Xinjiang Museum possesses dozens of original paintings of the Tang Dynasty. Although these are not from the hands of famous painters, they still manifest the vital Tang spirit. There is even the fossil of a human head that dated back some 10,000 years.

 

Other historical relics include microfiches, silver works of art, stone steles, coins and currency, ceramics, wooden articles, etc, which give an insight into the past and show how the society of Xinjiang developed.

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