CCTV.com - CNTV English - CCTV News

Museum: Broken plate not shown on website

08-03-2011 09:41 BJT

>> Entry into photo gallary

BEIJING - An ancient porcelain plate that was accidentally destroyed was an invaluable part of the Palace Museum's collection but not the best piece of its type, museum officials said on Tuesday.

Top: An ancient porcelain plate dating to the Song Dynasty (960-1279)
as it looked before it was accidentally broken. Bottom: A screenshot
from China Central Television (CCTV) shows the plate was broken into
six pieces. [Photo/China Daily]

Nor was it, contrary to critics' contentions, the treasure shown on the museum's website, said Feng Nai'en, a spokesman for the Palace Museum, also known as the Forbidden City.

"The porcelain plate shown on the official website is another piece," he said, dismissing speculation that the museum was presenting a shoddy substitute in its advertisements.

Museum officials admitted on Sunday that a piece from the Forbidden City's invaluable collection of Chinese ceramics dating to the Song Dynasty (960-1279) had accidentally been broken into six pieces while scientific research was being conducted on it.

The museum identified the treasure as "the celadon plate with a mouth in the shape of mallow petals" and said it came from the Ge kiln, one of the five most famous kilns in the Song Dynasty.

Lu Chenglong, deputy head of the museum's ancient relics department, said the two plates shared a similar shape and the same name. They were also both considered to be first-grade cultural relics, according to official rankings of Chinese cultural relics, although the one that was destroyed was in fact less precious than the other.

Doubts about the veracity of the museum's advertising emerged after China Central Television broadcast pictures of the damaged plate on Monday. Some viewers complained that the images were not consistent with what they had seen posted on the museum's website.

Feng said such speculations are groundless.

"They are different pieces and the one (on display) is intact," Feng said.

The Forbidden City contains 63 ancient ceramic pieces stemming from the Ge kiln, said Lou Wei, head of the museum's relics management department. The collection contains 57 first-grade relics.

Among Chinese ceramics, those produced in the Song Dynasty are the most coveted by collectors.

The State Administration of Cultural Heritage and the Ministry of Culture has meanwhile conducted an investigation into why the ancient plate was broken. The final results suggest the cause was museum workers' improper use of certain testing equipment, according to a statement published on Tuesday on the administration's website.

The two departments have asked the museum to better protect its displays, the statement said, noting that the State Administration of Cultural Heritage will begin trying to gauge how secure museum displays are throughout the country.

 

 

 

Editor:Yang Jie |Source: China Daily

Hot Videos view more

The celebrations are still continuing as the victorious coach, Joachim Loew, has been honored for his achievement in his hometown of Freiburg.
Germany coach Loew honored in hometown of Freiburg

Chinese men´s national team continued its preparations for next year´s Asian Cup, as they managed a one-all draw against visitors Jordan during a football friendly in Harbin, the capital city of Northeast China´s Heilongjiang Province.
China held to 1-1 draw by Jordan

The defending world champs came into the contest with a perfect 6-and-oh record, but they would be in for a tough first half before opening things up in the second.
USA beat Slovenia 119-76 in quarter-finals

Hot Stories more

UK authorities believe killer of James Foley is a British national

Across the UK the hunt is on for James Foley’s killer, who authorities believe is a British national. As Richard Bestic reports from London, Prime Minister David Cameron cut short his summer break to lead his government’s response.

Israeli war jets renews Gaza strike as truce talks stalled

Three Palestinians were killed and 40 others wounded in the intensive Israeli war jets´ airstrikes on the Gaza city on Tuesday night, shortly before an end of a 24-hour ceasefire in the Gaza Strip,

Missouri police arrest dozens after violent night

As the protests in the town of Ferguson, Missouri turned violent with police facing ´heavy gunfire´ from some ´criminal elements´, cops fired tear gas, stun grenades and arrested 31 demonstrators on Monday night.

Picture in news more

More Video News

Choose TV Program