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Persian pot tells maritime Silk Road trade history

English.news.cn   2014-05-31 22:31:21

NANNING, May 31 (Xinhua) -- A piece of green-glazed Persian pottery displayed in a museum in south China's Guangxi tells a story of the maritime Silk Road dating back 2,000 years.

The 34-cm-tall pot, with a slender neck and oval body, was found in a tomb of the Han Dynasty (202 BC - 220 AD) in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region's Hepu County.

Lian Shiming, curator of Hepu County Museum, said tests by organizations in Iran and Syria found the pot's chemical components to be in accordance with pots in the two countries during the same historical period.

"We believe it was through the maritime Silk Road route that the pot arrived in Hepu from ancient Persia," He said.

Ancient Chinese books indicate Hepu was one of the ports for the maritime Silk Road and Chinese envoys at that time departed from Hepu port with gold and silk to exchange for jewelry and other goods with countries along the route.

Editor: Tang Danlu
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