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    Blue-and-white Porcelain Plate from the Tang Dynasty

    Recently a blue-and-white porcelain plate came into our attention. We believe that this plate is from the 9th century, or the late Tang dynasty imperial court, which makes it one of the earliest surviving pieces of blue-and-white porcelain ever produced. Measuring approximately 49 cm in diameter and 7.6 cm in height, it is also the […]

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    Three Kingdoms Unveiling the Story

    This special exhibition at the Tokyo National Museum includes recent discoveries regarding China’s tumultuous transition from the Han dynasty (206–220) to the Three Kingdoms period (220–280). The Han dynasty’s decline at the end of the second century ignited a prolonged power struggle between unrelenting military leaders. The country was split into three kingdoms called Wei, […]

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    The Palace Zoo—Animal Paintings from the National Palace Museum Collection

    In what is certainly a first, the National Palace Museum (NPM) in Taipei presents in its main galleries a special exhibition for children entitled “The NPM Zoo: Animal Paintings in the Museum Collection.” From July 5 to September 25, children can come to the NPM and see paintings on all kinds of animals, ranging from […]

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    The Butterfly Lovers’ Violin Concerto

    Today is the sixtieth anniversary of the premiere of the Butterfly Lovers’ Violin Concerto. The concerto is an orchestral adaptation of an ancient Chinese legend, The Butterfly Lovers, or Liang Zhu (梁祝) in Chinese, named after the protagonists Liang Shaobo and Zhu Yingtai. Written for the western style orchestra, it features a solo violin played […]

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    Silhouette of a Great Master—A Retrospective of Zhang Daqian’s Art

    Zhang Daqian (1899–1983) was a native of Neijiang in Sichuan and had the personal name Yuan. He also went by the style name Jiyuan and was known as Daqian (Dai-chien) Jushi, the name of his studio being Dafeng Hall (Hall of Big Wind). As a child he began to learn painting from his mother Zeng […]

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    Palace Museum in Beijing Illuminated for Lantern Festival

    The Lantern Festival is a Chinese festival celebrated on the fifteenth day of the first month in the lunar calendar. It marks the final day of the traditional Chinese New Year celebrations. During the Lantern Festival, children go out at night carrying paper lanterns and solve riddles on the lanterns. This year, the Lantern Festival falls […]

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    Treasured Raft—Calligraphies and Paintings of Dong Qichang

    Shanghai Museum is hosting a special exhibition dedicated to Dong Qichang (1555–1636). The 154 calligraphies and paintings by Dong or other artists come from Shanghai Museum, as well as fifteen other institutions such as the Palace Museum in Beijing, Zhejiang Provincial Museum in Hangzhou, Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and Tokyo National Museum. […]

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    Unrivaled Calligraphy: Yan Zhenqing and His Legacy

    The long-awaited special exhibition—Unrivaled Calligraphy: Yan Zhenqing and His Legacy—just opened today at the Tokyo National Museum in Japan. During the Tang dynasty of China (618–907), three great calligraphers—Ouyang Xun, Yu Shinan, and Chu Suiliang—perfected the style known as “standard script.” While inheriting the tradition they established, Yan Zhenqing (709–785) succeeded in establishing his own style […]

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