China exhibit dispute ends

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A pair of ancient mummies one 4,000 years old will go on display next week at the University of Pennsylvania's Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology after the museum and the Chinese government on Friday resolved a dispute that led to an exhibit with recreations and life size photos replacing the promised artifacts.

The main attractions will be in place through March 15. The exhibit will continue from March 17 to 28 with some 100 artifacts from the "Silk Road" but without the mummies.

Silk Road debuted a week ago today after approximately a year of planning.

Three days prior to the scheduled opening, after the mummies and artifacts were displayed at museums in California and Texas, the Chinese government said it had not given permission for the items to be displayed at Penn.

Museum staffers recreated the mummies and used life-sized photos to replace such objects as gem-encrusted gold vessels, masks, jewelry, textiles and even a piece of fried dough that were promised for display....

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