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Museum says no plans for a major inventory check

STAFF WRITER , WITH CNA

The National Palace Museum said yesterday that it had no plans to conduct large-scale checks on its collections in the near future.

The museum was responding to two Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) lawmakers who had asked for more random checks, as well as more collections to be checked, to ensure the safety of the museum's priceless treasures.

Museum Director Lin Mun-lee (林曼麗) said that the museum had recently been preoccupied with a series of activities, including the 80th anniversary of the founding of the museum in Beijing and the reopening ceremony after the most comprehensive renovation since it was reestablished in November 1965 following the move of its vast trove of treasures to Taiwan.

Lin noted that the museum has not had time for a large-scale study of its inventory. Moreover, since 2001, the museum has conducted random checks every season of every year to ensure that it keeps track of the collected items.

If a large-scale inspection became necessary, then the museum would report to the Executive Yuan and notify the Council for Cultural Affairs concerning its handling of the matter, Lin said.

KMT Legislators Lee Diane (李慶安) and Kuo Su-chun (郭素春) visited the National Palace Museum yesterday to learn about the collections in the museum and how they were preserved in the wake of recent reports that the "jade cabbage," one of the top jade attractions in the museum, may have been damaged, although if and when was not certain.

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