Art Journal Taipei

Pages from Carolyn's Art Journal Taipei, Taiwan.

It was a looooong flight from Los Angeles to Bangkok, so we decided to break it up with 3 days in Taipei, Taiwan. One day we took a city tour that included a few minutes at the National Palace Museum.

The next day we went back to spend the entire day at the museum. The following pages are from that day. 


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Art Journal Taipei, Taiwan

TAIPEI'S NATIONAL PALACE MUSEUM has the world's largest collection of oriental art treasures, spanning over five millennia of history. 

Many of the pieces were hand-carried out of China by people when the communists took over.

Art Journal Taipei, Taiwan

Art Journal Taipei

From jade seals to ritual vessels to carved jewelry, I never ran out of items to sketch.

Art Journal Taipei, Taiwan

These ritual food vessels with animal motifs are from the early Shang Dynasty.

Art Journal Taipei, Taiwan

In Chinese culture, bamboo has come to symbolize the model for self-relance and moral uprighteousness.

Other common woods are boxwood, birch, aloeswood, nanmu, sandalwood, redwood and ebony.

Art Journal Taipei

Art Journal Taipei, Taiwan

Animal mask decor begins with the eyes and the design extends outward.

3,000-year-old bronze bells were musical instruments with no clappers; they were played from the outside with wooden sticks.

Art Journal Taipei, Taiwan

This ritual water vessel dates from the 7th or 6th century B.C.

Art Journal Taipei, Taiwan

I loved this serene watercolor painting in our Taipei hotel room. Since I couldn't take it home, I could only copy it in my own watercolor style, in my travel art journal.

Art Journal Taipei, Taiwan

They gave us a tiny little DVD (yellow envelope, upper left hand corner of this image) of the museum that doesn't play on anything I have!


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