Uzbekistan to Present Silk Roads Exhibition at British Museum

An exhibition dedicated to The Silk Roads will open at the British Museum in September 2024. Great Britain’s grandest museum will show artefacts from Uzbekistan’s museum collections.

Exhibits will include one of the world’s oldest chess pieces, and a monumental wall painting from the Hall of Ambassadors in Samarkand’s ancient quarter, Afrosiyab.

The Foundation for the Development of Culture and Art of Uzbekistan will present 14 exhibits from the Samarkand State Museum and the State Museum of Art of Uzbekistan. Among them will be a wall painting of the Red Hall of the Varakhsh Palace, an ossuarium with a lid, a silver dish with Sogdian inscriptions, a jug from Kafir-Kala, and other unique archaeological finds, demonstrating the importance of Central Asia in the history of the Silk Road.

“Massive in scope and vast in geographical coverage, the Silk Roads exhibition will demonstrate how the movement of people, objects, and ideas along the Silk Roads helped shape culture and history. The project will focus on the defining period of their history, from 500 to 1000 AD,” a statement from the culture foundation explains.

The Silk Roads exhibition will be on view at the Sainsbury Exhibition Gallery at the British Museum from 26 September 2024 to 23 February 2025.