Treasures from Hirayama Ikuo Silk Road Museum on Display at Ningbo Museum

"Mogao Grottoes in Dunhuang", by Hirayama Ikuo


From April 1 to May 28, 2021, the exhibition Boundless Silk Road: From the Mediterranean to China - Treasures from Hirayama Ikuo Silk Road Museum Collections is on show at Ningbo Museum.

Hirayama Ikuo (1930-2009) is a Japanese painter, who was so passionate about the Silk Road that he kept investigating about it and collecting relevant artifacts for 40 years. About 10,000 in total, his collections, which were gathered from the Mediterranean to the West Asia and East Asia, have covered almost all the categories, regions and eras related to the Silk Road, including sculptures, paintings, gold artifacts, glassware, fabrics, etc.

On the exhibition, cultural relics collected from cultures along the Silk Road by the Japanese artist - Hirayama Ikuo, are presented, demonstrating ancient cultural heritage of countries and regions along the Silk Road to the west of China, such as the Mediterranean, Mesopotamia and Iran in the West Asia, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India in the Middle Asia. The 192 pieces or sets of exhibits contains ancient Greek painted potteries, ancient Roman and Persian glassware, gold and silver vessels, Gandhara Buddhist arts, gold and silver coins along the Silk Road, Middle Asian brocade, Indian Buddhist statues, as well as sketches by Mr. Hirayama Ikuo.

This exhibition was displayed successively at Dunhuang Academy, the National Museum of China, Shaanxi History Museum, Liaoning Provincial Museum, Luoyang Museum, Shenzhen Museum, Changsha Museum and Sichuan Museum, from August, 2018 to March, 2021.

Source: Xinhuanet (abridged)

Photo Credit: Ningbo Museum