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A New Vision of National Treasures: Jadeite Cabbage (8K)

The Jadeite Cabbage is one of NPM's most famous artifacts. This artifact, which is almost identical to a real cabbage, is actually made of jade. The common vegetable, white stalk, and green leaves are highly familiar to people. Additionally, the katydid and locust on the leaves symbolize fertility. What will this popular national treasure look like when observed in 8K resolution?

A New Vision of National Treasures: Meat-shaped Stone (8K)

The Meat-shaped Stone was originally a naturally occurring stone. It was then skillfully processed, polished, and colored to resemble a piece of meat with distinctive layers including fatty and lean parts. The veining and hair follicles of the meat are also vividly portrayed. The golden base supporting the artifact makes it look even more extravagant. Let us appreciate the ingenious craftsmanship of this masterpiece in 8K resolution.

A New Vision of National Treasures: The Tibetan Dragon Canon (8K)

In 1667, Empress Dowager Xiaozhuang, Kangxi Emperor's grandmother, sent out an imperial decree to transcribe The Tibetan Dragon Canon. The transcription of the Buddhist scripture totaling 108 cases was completed in 1669. For the first time ever, the NPM captured the process of unwrapping The Tibetan Dragon Canon in 8K resolution (the first time ever!), revealing the various layers of the manuscript starting from its protective cover, protective curtains, scripture leaflets, scripture text, and images of Buddhist deities; and the beauty of Tibetan Buddhist art.

A New Vision of National Treasures: Travelers Among Mountains and Streams (8K)

"Travelers Among Mountains and Streams" is one of NPM's most important artifacts and a representative work of Chinese landscape painting. This time, the NPM captured this classic artifact in 8K ultra-high-quality resolution, revealing the remarkable skills of its creator.

A New Vision of National Treasures: Early Spring (8K)

"Early Spring" is a legendary masterpiece created by Northern Song dynasty painter Guo Xi (active during the 11th century) and depicts snow melting, clouds and mists changing, grass and trees growing, and earth coming back to life, showing a flourishing view of an early spring. Because over a thousand years has elapsed since its creation, "Early Spring" now shows weathered ink. To preserve this masterpiece, the NPM shot it in 8K resolution. Let us enjoy this brilliant piece of art.

A New Vision of National Treasures: Wind in Pines Among a Myriad Valleys (8K)

"Wind in Pines Among a Myriad Valleys" depicts a secluded valley, a luxuriant pine forest, and gurgling spring water. Viewers of this painting may feel as if they can hear the sounds of the wind and water in the painting. Although the painting has weathered, the verdant colors of the landscape are still vaguely observable. How many colors can you see with the painting captured in 8K resolution?

Collection Highlights
The Ivory Ball

Ivory balls are representatives of remarkable craftsmanship. In collaboration with Rijksmuseum Amsterdam and CWI Amsterdam, we are now able to see each layer of two ivory balls in the NPM collection. Through this video, we can uncover the mysteries of two ivory balls and appreciate the design of each ivory layer in detail.

Olive Pit in the Form of a Boat, Chen Zu-Zhang, Qing Dynasty

Olive Pit in the Form of a Boat is one of the NPM's most popular artifacts. Despite its miniature size, this artifact boasts awe-inspiring craftsmanship. An example of such craftsmanship is the "Second Ode to Red Cliff" (written by Su Dong-po from Northern Song Dynasty) carved on the bottom.

Emperor Qianlong's Miniature Royal Progress: A Garland of Treasures

"A Garland of Treasures" is the name of a curio box that Qianlong Emperor used to store artifacts. By capturing the collection in 8K ultra-high-quality resolution, we can examine intriguing rare curios and how they are properly stored inside limited space.

Emperor Qianlong's Miniature Royal Progress: Tainqiu Hebi

"Tainqiu Hebi" is the name of a curio box that Qianlong Emperor used to store artifacts. By using 8K ultra-high-quality resolution, we can examine intriguing rare curios and how they had been properly stored inside a limited space.

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