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National Palace Museum treasured ceramics to go on display in Japan

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National Palace Museum treasured ceramics to go on display in Japan

Taipei, Dec. 23 (CNA) Some of the National Palace Museum's (NPM's) collection of treasured ceramic planters of the Northern Sung dynasty (960-1127) will go on display in Osaka, Japan, starting next year, the museum said Wednesday.

An exhibition on the Ju ware from the Northern Sung dynasty is set to kick off Dec. 10, 2016 and will run through March 26 of the following year at the Museum of Oriental Ceramics in Osaka, the NPM said in a statement.

The exhibition will include four ceramic works from the NPM and one piece from Japan, the museum said, describing it as a good opportunity to see an array of ceramic basins and enjoy their beauty. The highlight of the exhibition will be the plain narcissus planter with greenish-blue glaze, known as the only narcissus planter without any crackle in its glaze, the NPM said. The piece is around 6 centimeters in height and about 3 cm in depth, it added.

The art of ceramics flourished during the Sung dynasty, as various kilns across China strove to show off their best in terms of form, glazes, decorative techniques, and methods of production, the museum said. The Ju kilns, located in China's Henan Province, fired bold and outstanding porcelains with glazes marked by a moist and glossy appearance, it added.

A slightly greenish blue hue with the slightest sparkle of rose pink luster is the unique style of Ju porcelain glaze, which appears different from the porcelain of the Southern Sung and the Sung dynasties, the NPM said.

The NPM in Taipei houses over 600,000 pieces and has one of the largest collections of ancient Chinese artifacts and artworks in the world. (By Elaine Hou)


Updated : 2021-09-26 12:09 GMT+08:00