Date: August 1, 2017 – October 31, 2017
Venue: National Palace Museum of Taiwan
The National Palace Museum of Taiwan will display artworks in its collection featuring bears. Examples include a bear-shaped celadon lamp from the Wu to Western Jin period. In the Qing dynasty, there are also bear-shaped vessels in bronze and jade that demonstrate the Qianlong emperor’s innovative reworking of tradition based on an ancient Han dynasty bronze bear in his collection. Also, a jade carving of a boy and a bear in embrace show the skillful use of black and white parts in the original mineral to suggest the two are dancing. These works in three different materials present fascinating moments that vie to bring out the combination of beauty and power for the bear in Chinese art.