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National Palace Museum treasures unveiled in Kyushu

National Palace Museum treasures unveiled in Kyushu

Fukuoka, Japan, Oct. 6 (CNA) A ceremony was held Monday to unveil an exhibition of treasures from Taiwan's National Palace Museum (NPM) at the Kyushu National Museum in Fukuoka, the second half of an unprecedented display of the museum's collection in Japan. Premier Jiang Yi-huah's wife Li Shu-chen attended the ceremony along with Japanese-Taiwanese baseball legend Sadaharu Oh, Fukuoka Prefecture Governor Hiroshi Ogawa and Taiwan's Representative to Japan Shen Ssu-tsun. At the ceremony, NPM Director Fung Ming-chu touted a work called "Orchid Pavilion Preface" by Chinese calligrapher Wang Hsi-chih dating back to 353 A.D. as one of the must-see pieces in the exhibition, which will open to the public on Tuesday. Another of the pieces featured among the 110 works in the "Treasured Masterpieces from the National Palace Museum, Taipei" exhibition in Fukuoka will be the "Meat-shaped Stone," which is being displayed outside Taiwan for the very first time. The 5.73-centimeter tall Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) piece, made of banded jasper and shaped like a braised pork belly, will be shown for only two weeks at the Kyushu National Museum, starting Tuesday. Another popular NPM piece, the "Jadeite Cabbage with Insects," was displayed outside Taiwan for the first time at the Tokyo National Museum for two weeks in June and July, in the first half of the two-part NPM exhibition in Japan. The Tokyo show attracted more than 400,000 visitors during its three-month run. The Kyushu and Tokyo exhibitions are part of a historic exchange program between the two Japanese museums and the NPM. Under the program, the two sides will exhibit each other's cultural treasures. (By Yang Ming-chu and Elizabeth Hsu)


Updated : 2021-05-07 16:38 GMT+08:00