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21.06.2012 - 21.06.2012 85 °F
When the Nationalists fled China and resettled on Taiwan, they brought quite a few of the treasures from the Forbidden City with them. We toured the Forbidden City in Beijing and some of the original artifacts were there, but not many. Most of the prized items are housed in the National Palace in Taipei. Paintings, jade, calligraphy, bronze, and furniture were in some of the galleries. There are over 600,000 items and only 1% are on display. They rotate the items every few months while the rest of the items are stored in climate controlled areas.
The most popular item in the entire museum is a jade cabbage that was owned by one of the empresses. The piece of jade from which it was carved is white and green. The artist used the natural coloring of the jade to its full potential to make the piece look life like. The artist even carved two real looking bugs on the cabbage.
My favorite items in the museum were the paintings by one of the emperors and the gifts that foreign officials brought to the emperors over the years. What do you give the person that has everything? How about a white jade scepter, a silver jewelry box inlaid with precious jewels, or maybe a porcelain tea set. All of the gifts were labeled and categorized by their value and then stored. When the Nationalists packed up the items from the Forbidden City, it was easy to identify the really valuable items due to the strict labeling system employed by the emperors’ ministers. The collection in Taiwan definitely outshines the collection that we saw in Shanghai.