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Futai Street Mansion (1910)
College of Life Science—At the entrance of Greenhouse next to Life Science Building on Zhoushan Road





Chi-li-an Stone (Quartz-arenite)

Chi-li-an Stone are another name of quartz-arenite on Mushan Formation in Taiwan. They have been found in the area of Chi-li-an (old name of Beitou District, Taipei City) since ancient times. The texture of the rocks is delicate with beautiful patterns. Additionally, they contain mercury glass, so they sparkle in the dark.

Due to mining cost and transportation, buildings built with Chi-li-an Stones in Taiwan are not completely from Chi-li-an.

After the construction of Tamsui Line during the Japanese colonial period, knapping industry in Chi-li-an's settlements reached its peak. Chi-li-an Train Station (later changed to Shipai Station. Different from Chi-li-an MRT Station today) was used to transport rocks. As the rocks are fireproof and high temperature resistant, and they can sustain heat up to 2,000 degrees Celsius, these rocks were transported to different kilns via railways during the Japanese colonial period. During the World War II, they were used in some furnaces on Japan’s warships.



【Protecting Taipei's Rocks of Memory】 First Episode of Chi-li-an Stone Bank

Since Qing Dynasty, Chi-li-an Stones in Beitou have been extensively used in our life. Nowadays, the mining of these rocks is forbidden. If we activate old Chi-li-an Stones and make best use of them, we can cherish natural resources and extend this Taipei memory.



Version of Knapping Culture in Chi-li-an

Knapping grounds in Beitou gradually decline, and they will disappear eventually. Only cultural assets belonging to our country can be preserved. Therefore, our government should make efforts to let the culture that once existed appear in front of our future generations.

Cauldron of Duke Mao (828 BC-782 BC)
(東漢末年 西元186年~219年)
Bronze Galloping Horse (186 BC-219 BC, the last years of Eastern Han Dynasty)






Bronze (Metal)

Bronze is an alloy of copper and other metals except zinc and nickel such as copper alloy with tin, lead or aluminum. In ancient times, bronzes turned bronze because of oxidation after being buried in the soil, so the metal has been named bronze.

Bronze Age was the second phase of Three-age System. The idea of Three-age System was proposed by Christian Jürgensen Thomsen, a Danish archaeologist, in 1836, and it includes the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age.

Bronze is one of metals that has been used in human history for the longest period of time. Because of it, the prehistoric civilization of humans entered the Bronze Age from the Stone Age. Bronzes first appeared in the area of Mesopotamia in western Asia 5,000 to 6,000 years ago. Large bronze knives carved with the image of a lion during the Sumerian Civilization represented bronzes of the early days. 2,000 years ago, bronzes were gradually replaced by ironware.

Anomalous Expansion—Bronzes anomalously expand when it is cold. The feature of bronzes makes the edges and corners of patterns or carved characters protrude after being cast, which is beautiful.



Spirited from Hands and Nature

For the first time, National Palace Museum created this short animation that features bronzes, combines the plots of Star Trek and space exploration and skillfully integrates related relics and knowledge. The entire animation was produced with ultra HD. A great number of 3D animes being drawn and delicate relics being filmed enable viewers to see the multiple looks of bronze treasures in this film.



Bronze— Cauldron made to Ji from His Grandson in Late Shang Dynasty

Cauldron made to Ji from His Grandson in Late Shang Dynasty The cauldron is one of the four great cauldrons in National Palace Museum. It weighs 79.65 kilograms, ranking second. An inscription was carved inside the cauldron at the bottom, and its surface was engraved with distinct animal mask patterns.