Return of lost Western Zhou Dynasty relic bridges cultures

By LIA ZHU and CHANG JUN in Portland, Oregon | | Updated: 2024-02-07 10:16
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Raymond King, with his mother, speaks at the Jan 22 repatriation to China of the bronze vessel "Feng Xingshu Gui" in Portland, Oregon. They decided to "give it back" after learning that the piece is a precious relic and was stolen from China in 1984. CHANG JUN / CHINA DAILY

The vessel's journey isn't just about the repatriation, but also a testament to the power of shared heritage in building bridges between cultures, said Brian Ferriso, director of the Portland Art Museum.

"Culture connects us across time and place. Objects such as this ancient bronze provide meaningful insight into Chinese culture. And this exchange itself serves as another opportunity to build bridges between China and the United States," said Ferriso.

The sentiment resonated with Zhang Jianmin, the Chinese consul general in San Francisco, who lauded the repatriation as an "important achievement of cultural exchanges" between the two nations.

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