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US bank funds restoration of ancient city ceramics

SHANGHAI Museum announced yesterday that it is to receive funding from Bank of America Merrill Lynch to restore 10 ceramic pieces.

This is the second consecutive year that the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Art Conservation Project has contributed to the museum's restoration efforts of Chinese relics.

Last year, it supported the restoration of a 2,000-year-old bronze water vessel.

Both parties declined to reveal the sum the bank is donating.

The ceramics were unearthed at the Qinglong Town site last year by the Archaeology Department of the Shanghai Museum, and are significant discoveries in the history of Chinese ceramics.

Located in Qingpu District, Qinglong Town was an important town during the Tang (618-907 AD) and Song (960-1279) dynasties. The findings reinforce the notion that Shanghai was an important foreign trade port as early as the Tang Dynasty.

"The ceramics are of tremendous historical and cultural value and the Shanghai Museum is very excited about restoring these rare items in order to display them to the public," said museum director Chen Xiejun, ,

"We appreciate the generous support of Bank of America Merrill Lynch, which has been a great partner to the Shanghai Museum in past years. This will enable to utilize the best resources in order to restore the ceramics to their former condition."

The ceramics, of which many pieces are seriously damaged, include extremely rare items, such as a Tang Dynasty paigu waist drum and a floral-patterned basin dating from the Song Dynasty.


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