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Philly exhibit depicts 2 sides of Genghis Khan: Statesman, warrior

Written by The Associated Press | May 7, 2015 9:35 AM
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Visitors are looking at a 17th century Green Tara bronze statue after the opening of the Hungarian National Museum's new "Genghis Khan and his Heirs, the Mongol Empire" exhibition in Budapest, Hungary, in 2007

(Philadelphia) -- A new exhibit in Philadelphia uses 13th-century weapons, jewels and religious relics to tell the story of Mongolian conqueror Genghis Khan.

It's called "Genghis Khan: Bring the Legend to Life," and it opens Saturday at the Franklin Institute.

Visitors can see more than 200 artifacts from the massive Asian empire, which once stretched from the Pacific Ocean to Europe. They include one of the world's earliest guns and a sword carried by one of Marco Polo's guards.

Born in 1162, Khan is revered in Mongolia as the man who united the country and turned a group of warring nomadic tribes into an invincible army. But others depict him as a marauder.

The exhibition uses sets, murals and videos to examine Khan's life and legacy. It runs through Jan. 3. 

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