A new exhibition at the Hong Kong Maritime Museum uses objects to join the dots between different cultures, shedding light on affinities forged not by military dominance but by the circulation of ideas through commerce.An ancient bronze drum excavated in Guangdong province that may be 1,800 years old, for example, so resembles drums of a similar age, material and design found in Yunnan, in the interior of southwest China, and in parts of Southeast Asia that it links southern China to a so…


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