Chinese endangered cultural relics included in red list

14:42, November 10, 2010      

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"A Red List of Chinese Cultural Objects at Risk" was released by the International Council of Museums (ICOM) in Shanghai on Nov. 9. This is the first time for the ICOM to release a list of Chinese cultural relics at risk.

According to sources, the release of the list is one of important agendas of the 22nd Council of ICOM, and it is aimed at helping museums, collectors, dealers, customs and other related institutions and persons across the world to better identify cultural objects that are protected by law but often become smuggling targets. It is also aimed at helping proper authorities to crackdown more efficiently on the theft, excavating, smuggling and trafficking of Chinese cultural relics.

The Chinese cultural relics at risk are divided into 13 categories, including ceramics, sculptures, metal work, folk arts, jade work, paintings and calligraphy, inscriptions, rubbings, books and documents, building components, lacquer, money and clothing. Although it does not cover all the categories, it covers the cultural relics that have seen the most illegal transactions in recent years. Since 2000, the ICOM has released eight red lists of cultural relics at risk in Africa, Latin America, Iraq, Afghanistan, Peru, Cambodia, Central America, Mexico and Haiti.

Song Xinchao, deputy director of the State Administration of Cultural Heritage, said the release of the "Red List of Chinese Cultural Objects at Risk" will help improve the cultural heritage protection awareness of museums and the public.

By People's Daily Online


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