Chinese art and artifacts

Just a few odds and ends that you'll find at the National Palace Museum in Taipei.

Yue (越) battle axes. They're roughly 3,000 years old, from the late Shang dyansty or early Western Zhou dynasty, 11th or 10th century BCE. Yue was a state in ancient China.

Boat Carved from an Olive Stone (雕橄欖核舟) by Chen Zuzhang (陳祖章).

Boat Carved from an Olive Stone (雕橄欖核舟) was carved from an olive pit by Chen Zuzhang. The miniature features movable center panels and eight passengers, one of whom is the Song dynasty poet Su Shi, whose poetry Chen engraved on the bottom of the boat. The poem is 300 characters and describes the poet enjoying a boat ride with friends during a full moon at the site of the Battle of Red Cliffs, the decisive battle at the end of the Han dynasty.

Glazed pottery from the Han dynasty (206 BCE to 220 CE). Yeah, that's a dog.

Hanging vase fitted with a clock, from the Qing dynasty (1644-1911).

Red coral (Corallium elatius Ridley) that would've taken hundreds of years to form. Makes me sad to see this behind glass instead of underwater. I wonder if Ridley in Corallium elatius Ridley is related to the ridley used in turtle nomenclature. Kemp's ridley sea turtle and olive ridley sea turtle are two of the seven types of sea turtles, the others being green, loggerhead, hawksbill, flatback, and leatherback.