Ko Ware High-stemmed Bowl, Yüan Dynasty (1279-1368)
I’ve just returned from Taiwan for a family trip, and one of the many beautiful places we visited was the National Palace Museum. The museum holds an ever rotating treasure trove of Chinese antiquities that Chiang Kai-shek first safely stashed in the Chinese country side during the second Sino-Japanese war, and later shipped in unthinkably large quantities to Taiwan when his Nationalist party broke off from the Chinese Communist party. While Chinese arts and culture are beloved for its ornate beauty, I was somewhat surprised to find many pieces on display with a quiet, stark simplicity. Pictures are strictly prohibited within the museum, but the museum’s website has a healthy selection from the collections currently on display.
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