You will be delighted to know that Jane has returned to entertain and inform you with art tales from her travels. Today Jane challenges you to consider sculptures of food items as having artistic merit!

On a recent tour to Taiwan I visited The National Palace Museum in Taipei, which claims the largest single collection of Chinese artefacts in the world, even more than the Forbidden City in Beijing, courtesy of Chiang Kai-shek when he was exiled to Taiwan after the rise of Mao Zedong and the Communist Party in China.

A cruel and ruthless leader for 40 years, he came bearing gifts, gold and thousands of historic Chinese relics.

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Dong Po Rou is a traditional dish of braised pork belly, supposedly created by Su Dong Po (1037 – 1101), a famous writer, poet, painter, calligrapher, pharmacologist, gastronome, and statesman of the Song dynasty. Over the centuries, this Braised Pork Belly Dong Po Rou dish has become very popular, and once you taste it, you’ll know why.(woksoflife.com)

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With insects camouflaged in the leaves, the sculpture is said to be an allegory of female virtue with the white stalk symbolizing purity, the leaves denoting fertility and abundance, and the insects representing children.  The workmanship is amazing, but its beauty was a little lost on me.

Getting back to the most popular pieces at the National Palace Museum, I can only assume their beauty, relates to the taste buds rather than the eyes – but then Beauty is in the eye of the beholder!

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