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Investigation team to look into porcelain accident

08-03-2011 09:18 BJT

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Today we continue our coverage of the priceless Song Dynasty porcelain plate, which was damaged during a test by research members of the Palace Museum in Beijing.

An investigation team was immediately commissioned by the Museum to look into the cause of the incident. Representatives of the team responded on Monday, saying there was never any intention to cover up the incident.

News broke out over the weekend that the priceless porcelain plate was severely damaged during mechanized testing nearly one month ago. The accident was not acknowledged until Sunday.

The news immediately caused an outpouring of public anger. In answer to the overwhelming response, an official of the Palace Museum says the investigation procedures are highly sophisticated.

Chen Lihua, deputy director of Palace Museum of China, said, "We totally understand the questioning of the netizens. To answer the question why we didn't announce what happened in the first place is because this case is very complicated, with both human elements and machines involved in. We have to make clear whether it was the machine that was not properly functioning during the test, or whether it was an error by researchers before we disclose what happened. This is the scientific attitude we should have towards facts. We never meant to cover this up, and how could we keep this a secret with such an informed society that we have today? It's all about the scientific working attitude we have regarding this case, and we don't want to rush to conclusion. We do hope that the public can continue their support for the Palace Museum and trust our investigation efforts."

The damaged porcelain plate is a product from the Ge kiln, which was one of the five most famous kilns in the Song Dynasty from the late tenth century to the late 13th century.

It's estimated that there are no more than three hundred porcelain pieces from Ge kiln in the world today.

 

Museum: Broken plate not shown on website

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.

"The porcelain plate shown on the official website is another piece," said Feng Nai'en, a spokesman for the Palace Museum, dismissing speculation that the museum was presenting a shoddy substitute in its advertisements.  Full story>>

 

Photos of damaged ancient plate raise doubts

Comparison pictures show the difference between images of a 1,000-year-old porcelain plate released by the official website of the Palace Museum (L) and China Central Television (R), Aug 2, 2011. The porcelain plate, a grade-one cultural relic from the Ge kiln called "Celadon Plate with a Mouth in the Shape of Mallow Petals", was crushed and damaged on July 4 when a laboratory researcher used a device to examine it, according to a statement from the museum. The difference has aroused doubts online. Netizens are doubtful of whether pictures are of same plate.  Photo album>>

 

Palace Museum admits damage to ancient plate

The Palace Museum has admitted many facts about the damage first unveiled on Internet. On Sunday, managers of the Palace Museum confirmed the damage was caused by an accident that occurred while conducting research that involved examining the artifact with an analytical device.  Full story>>

The porcelain plate broke into 6 pieces on July 4th, when a laboratory had made a
mistake in operating the device.

The porcelain plate broke into 6 pieces on July 4th, when a laboratory had made a
mistake in operating the device.

The porcelain plate is a grade-one cultural relic from the Ge Kiln, entitled as it
looks, "Celadon Plate with a Mouth in the Shape of Mallow Petals".

 

Palace Museum criticized by public for breaking priceless antique

The Palace Museum in Beijing is once again being criticized by the public. After its safeguard system was broken by a theft in May, one of its researchers has since made a mistake when testing a priceless porcelain item and broke it into pieces on July 4th. Rather than informing the public at the time, the museum kept quiet about the issue until it was made public by a netizen from Sichuan.  Full story>>

 

Netizen: Song Dynasty porcelain in Palace Museum destroyed

A message posted on China's domestic version of Twitter called "Weibo", or micro blog, seized a lot of attention over the weekend. A netizen named Long Can revealed that a thousand year old porcelain piece collected by the Palace Museum was damaged. The museum admitted the damage one day later.  Full story>>

Porcelain plate of Ge kiln damaged by Palace Museum (File photo)

 

Backgrounder: Mysterious Ge kiln, distinctive porcelain

Ge kiln was one of the five most famous kilns in the Song Dynasty from the late tenth century to the late 13th century. Porcelain products from Ge kiln are among the most coveted for collectors, both for their distinctive quality and for the limited numbers of exiting pieces. It's estimated that there are no more than three hundred porcelain pieces from Ge kiln in the world.  Full story>>

Porcelain of Ge kiln (File photo)

Editor:Liu Fang |Source: CNTV.CN

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