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Cause of antique breakage in Palace Museum

08-03-2011 08:22 BJT

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Precious Ge kiln porcelain from the Song Dynasty was smashed during antique research on July 4th. Almost a month later, details of the accident were published on the Internet by an antiques enthusiast from Sichuan province. The Palace Museum is being asked to explain the cause of the great loss of a national treasure.

This is the antique testing lab at the Palace Museum, where the valuable Ge kiln porcelain from the Song Dynasty was broken. The machine is used to analyze antiques and find out information such as what they're made of and when they were produced. The director of the technology department explains how the Ge kiln was broken by this machine.

Miao Jianmin, Director of Palace Museum Antique Protection Tech. Dep., said, "The researcher put the Ge kiln porcelain on the sample platform and began to adjust the focal length. She input the wrong data which caused the porcelain to be squeezed by the instrument. "

At least two researchers are supposed to carry out the testing of top-level antiques together, but only one researcher was there when the porcelain was broken. Miao says the Palace Museum will handle the issue as soon as possible, but research on antiques will continue.

Miao Jianmin, Director of Palace Museum Antique Protection Tech. Dep., said, "Our research work will be affected by the issue for now, but the study of the five major folk kilns of Song Dynasty is very interesting and research-worthy, we will keep the research going in the long run."

However, research on such valuable national-owned antiques should be carried out carefully. The broken masterpiece of the Ge Kiln of the Song Dynasty is valued at more than 20-million yuan. There are only two of its kind in the Palace Museum. It will never be returned to as perfect condition as before.

Lv Chenglong, vice-director of Palace Museum Antique Protection Tech. Dep., said, "The broken Ge kiln can't be a hundred percent repaired. Modern technology can repair it so it's hard to tell to be found broken. But we feel bad no matter how well it is repaired, because we know it was once broken."

The Palace Museum is discussing a plan to repair the porcelain. However, the public will keep worrying about the safety of national antiques if the Palace Museum doesn't learn anything from the mistake.


Editor:Zhang Dan |Source: CNTV.CN

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