THE NANKIN TOWER RETURNS

Following a five-year restoration project the famous Nankin Tower is now on view at the Fine Arts Museum of Rennes.  Lost for over 150 years, the Nankin Tower was written about in Robien’s manuscript (1740), during the French Revolution, and in a story dating from 1850.

 

A rare object, the tower is 43.3 inches tall  and made of exotic wood and its removable pagodas are covered with small mother-of-pearl engraved plates. Women play hide-and-seek behind screened doors, while birds are perched on the windows.

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