Date
13 December 2017
This 19th century jade sculpture, the pride and joy of Taipei's National Palace museum, is on loan to its Tokyo counterpart for a two-week exhibition. Photo: Wikipedia
This 19th century jade sculpture, the pride and joy of Taipei's National Palace museum, is on loan to its Tokyo counterpart for a two-week exhibition. Photo: Wikipedia

What’s all the fuss about this airline passenger from Taipei?

The travel came with all the perks — a business class ticket and a front-row seat — and the arrival was worthy of the rich and famous.

Whatever it is that inspired such pampering and reverence can only come from the fact that the “passenger” is 2,000 years old.

In fact, it was declared in the manifest as “goods” and strictly speaking, it is.

Jadeite Cabbage With Insects, the pride and joy of Taipei’s National Palace Museum, traveled to Japan on China Airlines to join 231 other rare pieces in a two-week exhibition at the Tokyo National Museum, Ming Pao Daily reported Friday.

It’s the first time the Taiwanese treasure has been taken out of Taipei since Chinese nationalists fled the mainland in 1949, bringing with them priceless art.

Jadeite Cabbage is a piece of jadeite carved into the shape of a Chinese cabbage head, with a locust and katydid camouflaged in the leaves. No bigger than a human hand, the sculpture is considered an allegory of female virtue, according to Wikipedia.

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