Republic China Pavilion (Taiwan)

The opulent red and gold pavilion was a replica of a traditional imperial palace. All of its components, except its structural steel, were handmade in Taiwan and were in the tradition of imperial architecture. These included painted wall and ceiling panels, roof tiles and ceremonial gate.

Republic of China pavilion.

Within the structure were exhibits of ancient and modern Chinese culture, and many rare and beautiful art objects; bronzes, porcelains, jades, silks and carvings of ivory, wood and stone. On the second floor was a reproduction of three Chinese rooms, with inlaid tables, embroidered cushions, musical instruments, etc.

In the third floor museum was a 15 inch high stone monster, with the head of a tiger and a semi-human body, perfectly preserved from the Yin Dynasty (1384-1111 B.C.) Among the bronzes was a wine cup from the same era, and a bell dating from 1122-250 B.C. Other objects shown was a jade incense burner and a rhinoceros horn cup, carved with dragons. A display of calligraphy included a tortoise shell which was inscribed 3,000 years ago with one of man's earliest written languages.

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