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ASIAN THEME CHOSEN FOR 'MUSEUM'S ATTIC'

Artifacts from the rarely seen 2,500-piece Chinese collection of the Buffalo Museum of Science will be the focus of a treasure hunt that will be included in the second "Museum's Attic" fund-raiser Saturday, starting at 6:30 p.m.

Authentic Dim Sum, prepared by Susan Leong of May Jen's restaurant, music by the Oriental Express, ancient cultural dances by students from University at Buffalo Chinese Student Association, behind-the-scenes tours and auctions also will be featured.

Cheryl A. Spengler, the museum's marketing and development director, is chairwoman of the event.

Displays will include artifacts from the Neolithic Period (6000 to 2000 B.C.), Shang Dynasty (2000 to 1027 B.C.) bronze vessels; miniature Chinese opera masks; textiles, including authentic ceremonial robes; 20th century cricket cages and related items, reputed to be the second most significant collection in the country, and carved jade implements.

Auction items include a 100-year-old microscope from the Larkin estate, a telescope, an Oriental rug from Tiftikijian & Sons, Fisher-Price Power Wheels, interior design services from Medinac Interiors, garden design consultation by Pamela Earl, a diamond and peridot pendant from Bomi Jewelers and a watercolor and handcrafted jewelry by Diana Traver.

Vacation and travel opportunities include a stay at a seven-bedroom estate on the Canadian lakeshore and excursions to Vermont, Mexico, St. Lawrence River, Orlando, Fla., and Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont.

Proceeds will benefit exhibits, educational programs and lecture series at the museum and at the its satellite operations, Tifft Nature Preserve and Hiscock Ice Age Dig in Byron. The museum is celebrating its 75th year.

Tickets are $75 each and may be purchased by calling Nell Mohn, the museum's development officer, at 896-5200, Ext. 312.