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Museum in Lhasa continues to digitize its collection


06-14-2016 17:52 BJT

Tibet Autonomous Region Museum in Lhasa started digitally cataloguing its collections three years ago. And to mark China's National Cultural Heritage Day last Saturday, the institution opened a new exhibition presenting visitors with several exquisite pieces that are unique to the area.

Established in 1999, the Tibet Autonomous Region Museum was the first modern museum in southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region. It boasts a collection of over 520,000 pieces. But scientific research and archaeological explorations have taken a back seat due to the outdated cataloging system of the museum. But in 2013, that slowly started to change with the digitalization of the museum's collection.

That same year, Tibet began a three-year survey of the region's portable cultural relics. The documentation includes a list of details from the objects' name, what category it belongs to, and dates, down to its texture, size, and preservation conditions, as well as photographs and identification numbers.

"Here we have a porcelain Buddha statue from the 13th Century. After consulting with historians, we believe it was manufactured in Tibet, and this could change people's view that local artisans lack the technique of making porcelain," said a man.

According to museum officials, more than 100,000 cultural relics have been documented so far, with plans for more items to follow suit in the future.

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