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"The most important characteristic of a chief executive of any region is that he or she should be a noble person."

- Li Ka Shing, business tycoon from Hong Kong, on the topic of the special administrative region's future chief executive. see more

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Palace Museum treasures arrived for Shanghai exhibition

By Zou Huilin

Shanghai Museum provided a glimpse to the media yesterday of articles that will be displayed in its exhibition of priceless treasures from the Palace Museum in Beijing.

The show will open to the public on January 24 and will continue through March 26.

A superb collection of 160 pieces from the imperial court of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) will be on display.

Shanghai Museum Director Chen Xiejun noted: "Some of the exhibits are, for the first time, on display outside of the Palace Museum and they probably will never be on display anywhere else due to their fragility and great value."

Yan Yong, the vice researcher from the imperial court department of the Palace Museum, added that a roll of bed matting made of ivory and a jade carved boulder named "The Mountain-travelling in the Autumn" are among the items that will never leave Beijing again.

There are only two rolls of ivory bed matting and three jade carved boulders in the entire collection of the Palace Museum.

Yan added: "The ministers in the reign of the Emperor Yongzheng ordered the best technicians to produce such bed matting as tributes to the emperor."

Yan said making the bedrolls was a very time-consuming and expensive project and after strenuous work, the technician only turned in two rolls. "Emperor Yongzheng then ordered the ministers not to made any more of the tributes, as it was such an extravagant project."

As for the 1.3-metre jade carved boulder, it was made of a huge piece of Hetian jade.

The carving on the jade boulder was based on the Qing Dynasty imperial painter Jin Tingbiao's namesake painting. Jin painted it again on the boulder and the ministers transported it to Yangzhou where the top jade carving technicians lived.

Zhao Guilin from the Palace Museum said: "Among the three jade carved boulders, the carving of 'The Mountain-travelling in the Autumn' was the most exquisite."

She added: "The mountain roads carved out in the boulder become narrower and more abrupt as they wind upward, which is a vivid reflection of the real world."

Li Zhongmou, the director of the exhibition department of the museum, said: "Apart from the two pieces recommended, there are also a lot of exhibits which arouse great interest from the audience such as clocks sent to the emperors by foreign ambassadors and the costumes of the emperors and empresses."

Li added that the viewers can see a replica of the studio of the Emperor Qianlong of the Qing Dynasty, which was named "san xi tang" (translated as "The Studio of the Three Rarities"), which will offer viewers a lively image of court life.


Cai Shaoyao

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