Draft of a Requiem to My Nephew
Yen Chen-ching (709-785)
|National Palace Museum
The medium for Chinese painting and calligraphy is usually silk or paper. These materials, as well as many of the pigments used in painting, tend to deteriorate when exposed for prolonged periods to the air and light of exhibition galleries. To protect these fragile works, the Museum decided several years ago to restrict their display to periods of no more than three months at a time. A further category of "restricted" treasures was subsequently established to provide additional protection to the most rare and valuable works in the collection. These pieces are only available for public viewing in this special exhibition, held annually between October and November. This year's rotation of twenty items includes 13 works of painting and calligraphy selected as part of the Museum's exhibit Age of the Great Khan.
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