For months, the museum in Philadelphia has been building buzz about its upcoming exhibit, "Secrets of the Silk Road," and the crowning jewel of its display: an amazingly intact mummy from western China, nearly 4,000 years old.
She may be 4,000 years old, but that hasn’t stopped her from causing trouble between the U.S. and China.
A museum in Philadelphia has been told it cannot display the ‘Beauty of Xiaohe,’ a nearly-perfectly preserved mummy from far western China with hair and eye lashes still intact, along with a host of otherartifacts.
The museum announced on Feb. 2 that it was stripping the ‘Secrets of the Silk Road’ display of all objects that was due to open Feb. 6, at the request of Chinese.
No reason has been given for why the exhibition has suddenly been halted after four months travelling around the U.S. but there was speculation that it may be linked to the mummy’s Western appearance and Chinese sensitivities about what that implied for the region’s history. Theof Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology declined to say officials they were and the Chinese consulate was unavailable for comment because of the Lunar New Year holiday.
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