Newspaper article China Post

An Ancient Plate Borrowed from Japan Fell from Its Stand at National Palace Museum

Newspaper article China Post

An Ancient Plate Borrowed from Japan Fell from Its Stand at National Palace Museum

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TAIPEI, Taiwan - A 300-year-old plate borrowed from Japan was discovered to have slipped from its stand at the National Palace Museum's branch in Chiayi on Tuesday.

The plate - a blue-and-white relic adorned with images of willow trees and birds - is suspected to have been damaged in the fall.

A curator from Japan will arrive in Chiayi today to assess the damage.

Just before the museum opened at 9 a.m. Tuesday, staff members on patrol noticed that the plate had slipped from its stand inside its display case.

Museum officials said they immediately contacted staff at the Osaka museum, as well as the plate's insurance company.

They allowed people into the exhibition only after inspecting the other relics and ensuring that all was normal.

The plate was on display in a case with other 34 pieces and that none of the other pieces had moved from their positions, according to National Palace Museum.

The dish has an insured value of 2. …

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