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U.S. Renews Import Restrictions on Archaeological Material from Mainland China

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has issued a final rule extending through 14 January 2024 import restrictions on certain archaeological materials representing mainland China’s cultural heritage from the Palaeolithic Period (c. 75,000 B.C.) through the end of the Tang Period (A.D. 907) as well as monumental sculpture and wall art at least 250 years old. Items covered by these restrictions include specified:

  • ceramic vessels and sculpture;
  • jade ornaments, jewellery, weapons, tools, insignia, ceremonial paraphernalia and vessels;
  • amber;
  • other stone tools, weapons, sculpture, architectural elements and musical instruments;
  • bronze vessels, sculpture, coins, musical instruments, tools and weapons;
  • iron objects such as axes, hammers, chisels, spades, swords and large-scale castings;
  • gold and silver objects such as jewellery, lamps, vessels and sculpture;
  • bone, ivory, horn and shell objects such as tableware;
  • silks and textiles;
  • lacquer and wood objects such as vessels, military gear, musical instruments, boxes, baskets, utensils, coffins and sculptures;
  • bamboo and paper objects;
  • glass objects such as cups, plates and saucers; and
  • wall and other paintings.
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