National Palace Museum Southern Branch Acquisition Project
The National Palace Museum is world-renowned for its fine collection of Chinese artifacts. However, the collection is not limited to artifacts hailing from China, but also includes treasures from distant regions and lands – constituting a truly rich and diverse array of artifacts, and attracting an endless flow of visitors from around the world to the NPM.
Since ancient times, the interactions between various civilizations in the region between the eastern Arabian Peninsula and the western edge of the Pacific have never ceased. Among them is the Chinese culture, which, due to factors, such as cultural exchanges and commerce, has not only spread widely to distant regions, but also has been influenced by other cultures through cross-cultural and artifact exchanges by land and sea.
Since its establishment, the Southern Branch of the National Palace Museum has endeavored to become a world-class museum with a grand vision. The Southern Branch proactively explores the relationship between Chinese civilization and the cultures surrounding it through the collections based at the National Palace Museum (NPM).
The Southern Branch of the NPM will continue to curate exhibitions of related themes for the benefit of the visitors. Therefore, we are constantly seeking artifacts to enrich our exhibitions. Our main collecting interests are:
Ceramics: Chinese Yuan blue-and-white porcelains, export porcelains; ceramics from the Northeast Asian, Southeast Asian, and Middle Eastern regions; metalware and glassware from the West Asian, Central Asian, and East Asian regions that reflect the influences of ceramic exchanges.
Textiles: Textiles and accessories with historical and cultural significance, such as imperial costumes from Asian countries, and textiles demonstrating various dyeing, weaving, and embroidering techniques.
Religious arts: East Asian, Southeast Asian, Indian, and Himalayan Buddhist and Hindu artifacts, as well as other related works of art.
Tea cultures: Tea wares from various regions in Asia to present related cultural relics and materials, such as paintings, literature, and handicrafts of tea culture in various regions of Asia
Paintings: Japanese Ukiyo-e prints, Persian, and Indian miniature paintings, and Japanese and Korean paintings, especially those that reflect exchanges across East Asian seas.
Other: Fine Asian artifacts, such as literature, books, navigational instruments, maps, and other cultural relics that reflect the representative Asian and Austronesian civilizations, as well as East-West interaction, integration, and exchange after the 17th century.