BALtrans Got Treasures from the Roof of the World
Spanning more than a thousand year from the ancient Tubo Kingdom in the seventh century A.D. to modern times, the 119 exhibits well represent an epitome of the production, life, culture, and art of the Tibetans.
Among them, 38 (32%) are national grade-one cultural relics including the standing statute of the Kalachakra dus khor Parents Buddha with four heads, 24 arms and bodies, which is honored as the premier masterpiece of Tibetan Esoteric Buddhism. The rest are all national grade-two or grade-three cultural relics. The total value of the exhibits is estimated to be over RMB658 million (Euro64.7 million).
Packing of the exhibits was substantially challenging for the experienced team, mainly because of the thin Tibetan air and the very delicate nature of the exhibits. Though prepared with medical advice in advance, theBALtrans project team comprising of 2 supervisors and 4 veteran packers from Beijing, had some members suffered from the Acute Mountain Sickness as hyperventilation and severe headaches during their work inTibet. Nevertheless, the packing was accomplished as scheduled in seven days with members’ full commitment and team spirit.
The rare and fragile nature of the artifacts also demanded substantial care and preparation of the experienced team. Many of the exhibits, created early as in the 7th - 9th century, have been eroded over the years and become extremely fragile. Leaks and holes were common on various parts which consumed more packing time and effort. Meanwhile, all packing and crating materials, for their deficiency in Tibet, were brought from Beijing directly with careful calculations in advance.
"Tibet Treasures from the Roof of the World”, the first exhibition of its kind in Japan, kicked off on April 11,2009 in Kyushu National Museum in Dazaifu City, Fukuoka Prefecture, followed by Sapporo, Tokyo, Osakaand Sendai of Japan. The touring Exhibition will last for one year and 50 days until May 30, 2010.