100 specimens: Objects from the National Museum of Natural Science Ⅳ - Anthropology Department

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Anthropology Department
The Anthropology Department, NMNS has three sub-fields: ethnology, archeology, and biological anthropology, aiming to collect specimens from and study the natural history of East Asian populations via holistic and systematic perspectives. Modern social developments in these regions are also concerned. Our major tasks include studies of regional cultural diversities and their interactions, representation of the unique ecological knowledge extracted from peoples’ adaptations, actions to protect the endangered cultural heritages, and creating an environment for cultural preservation and progress.

The ball-shaped tou is a very unique pottery. To date, it has only been discovered at the Yuliao archeological site in Taibao Township of Chiayi County. The shape of this tou is almost spherical with an opening at the top. A high ring foot is at the bottom. For its scarceness in number and uniqueness in shape, the ball-shaped tou is thought a ritual object.

This nephrite earring might be discovered by a common person in a prehistorical slate coffin during the building of the New Taitung Train Station in 1980. Its style belongs to the Peinan Culture which dated approximately 2,300 to 3,500 years before present, and it was most likely a burial object.

Most engraved lacquerware specimens from the Yuan Dynasty were painted red. Black was not usually be used, therefore the black specimen is very valuabe. This black lacquerware plate is decorated with flowering shrubs and a pair of birds, creating a very lively scene.

The traditional pottery making techniques in the Paiwan tribe have all but disappeared. However, some ancient pottery vessels have been preserved.

During the Qing dynasty, Da-Bing Hsieh oversaw 12 communities covering the Taoyuan, Hsinchu and Miaoli Counties of the present day. This pipe was used for smoking tobacco by Da-Bing Hsieh.

These embroidered cloth pieces were made by the Miao people of Xijiang Town in Guizhou Province, China. The folk stories of the Miao tribe were passed on through the art form.

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