National Treasures to Be Displayed in Taiwan
Largest of its kind in recent yearsThree Chinese national treasures including a bronze monkey head, a bronze ox head and a bronze tiger head, together with another 120 relics will be sent to Taiwan on November 28 for a grand exhibition in late December.
The relics exhibition, sponsored by three Taiwan-based organizations, is claimed to be the largest of its kind in recent years.
The three Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) bronze animal headsThe three Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) bronze animal heads, looted from the Yuanmingyuan in 1860 and auctioned in Hong Kong, were purchased by the Beijing-based China Poly Group for about two million U.S. dollars last year.
Yuanmingyuan, a 350-hectare imperial garden built in western Beijing over a 150-year period from 1709-1859, was one of the mostoutstanding parks in the world at that time. Emperors of several generations lived and handled the country's affairs in the park where numerous gems, cultural relics and books were kept for the imperial family.
The park was destroyed in a fire set by British and French forces in October 1860. And in 1900, it was again looted and burned by the Eight-Power Allied Forces.
The upcoming show of the three relics, which has caused quite astir among Taiwanese, will be held in the Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall together with some historical photos of the Yuanmingyuan ruins.
Other relicsIn addition to the three national treasures, 35 stone Buddhist sculptures and 80 bronze ware objects will be on display.
Relics experts with the Poly Art Museum said that the stone Buddhist sculptures were all carved during China's prosperous years for sculpture, during the dynasties of Northern Wei (386-534), Eastern Wei (534-550), Northern Qi (550-577), Northern Zhou (557-581), Sui (581-618) and Tang (618-907), representing the highest level of ancient China's sculpture.
The 80 pieces of bronze ware made between the Shang Dynasty (16th century B.C.-11th century B.C.) and the Tang Dynasty (618-907)demonstrate the evolution and unique features of bronze-making in the period.
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