Oriental art pieces are often known for their magnificent beauty, but many of them also have a controversial history. Such artworks can be found at the National Palace Museum in Taiwan. This collection of art includes thousands of artefacts which left the Forbidden City in Beijing around 1948 and had a difficult journey to Taiwan
What is So Special About the Collection?
The collection displays Chinese art pieces going back to the neolithic age, which were collected by Chinese emperors under different dynasties. The collection is a testament to the people who were responsible for keeping the artworks safe. The group fled from the Civil War in China around 1927 and subsequently moved through the country. It moved again following fighting between the Nationalist and Communist armies in China after the Japanese surrender in 1948. The government decided to eventually evacuate to Taiwan, leading to events that would keep a small percentage of the original collection in that country. The collection was only around 20% of the original, but some of the pieces were extremely rare and priceless just like uk bingo which can be played anywhere.
Famous ceramic pieces include rare Ru ware made exclusively for the Song Dynasty (960 to 1279) and beautiful jade carvings such as the Jadeite Cabbage which is a cabbage head with grasshoppers within the leaves. A Carved Olive-Stone Boat with a covered deck and a realistic interior with 300 characters is also displayed. There are also over one thousand years of Chinese paintings such as the Qing Palace version of Along the River During the Qingming Festival which was created by five Qing dynasty court painters. Other famous paintings include Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains by Huang Gongwang of the Yuan Dynasty and Walking on a Mountain Path in Spring.
The National Palace Museum in Taiwan is a wonder of the art world and should not be missed if travelling through Asia.