Louvre Abu Dhabi Holds Exhibition on Centuries of Exchange between Chinese and Islamic Worlds


The Louvre Abu Dhabi holds the exhibition Dragon and Phoenix: Centuries of Exchange between Chinese and Islamic Worlds from October 6, 2021 to February 12, 2022, focusing on the little-known cultural communication between China and the Arabic world from the 8th to 18th century.

The exhibition presents 250 artifacts from 12 international museums and collection organizations, including the Louvre Abu Dhabi and the Guimet Museum in Paris. It brings China, and the Islamic world rich in culture, arts and sciences together to the public. One of the highlights on display is the cup with dragon-shaped handle, which may have been used by a nomadic Mongol dignitary journeying from China.

Artifacts shown in the exhibition dates back to the 8th century, as the first Arab businessmen arrived at Guangdong Province in China. In the next over 800 years, the Silk Road passing through central Asia and maritime trade route passing through the Indian Ocean developed and flourished, which witnessed remarkable and little-known stories in the cultural exchange between China and Arabic world. Both parties exchanged in physical and virtual ways and facilitated friendly cooperation, bringing profound effect on the art and culture of each other.

The exhibition is divided into five exhibition areas. The first four parts follow the historical timeline, presenting silver wares, ceramics, glass wares, luxurious fabrics, etc. with a large number of Arabic inscriptions, Chinese traditional patterns, patterns of dragons and phoenixes, etc. The fifth part focuses on calligraphy, poetries and paintings. A lot of sketches, manuscripts and ink paintings are selected to fully present the spiritual value and resemblance of two cultures.

Source: Louvre Abu Dhabi, YNET.com