Palace of SS Michael and George

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Chinese scroll art
The Asian art museum is housed in the Palace of SS Michael and George.  The Palace is near the Liston, the spianada and the Old fort.  The gardens are well maintained and the flowers booming with fresh happy colours.  The interior is grand and spacious and with the shiny marble floors inside makes the place instantly cooler.  Entry to the museum is €3.

The staircase is lined with red carpet and as you ascend you sense a royal majestic feeling.  The view through the the grand windows is straight out through to the blue sea.  At the top of the stairs stands a samurai armour encased in a glass box.  The collection begins in China.  You are taken back into time with a time line of all the dynasties that have ruled China.
The Palace rooms
  You see artifacts such as drinking vessels, bowls and statues of Buddha.  The changes of the style of art is evident as you see collections from the Soong dynasty to the Ming dynasty to the Qing dynasty.  Through time each different style of art is more important than the others ranging through painted scrolls to exported ceramic chinaware.  There was also a small collection of coins that changed shapes during the different rulers of China.

From the China collection you move onto a small collection of Burmese, Cambodian, and Thai art.  These arts are mainly focused around Buddha, in the form of statues or paintings.

The religions move on from Buddhists to Hindus.  Moving into Indian art, a collection of Hindu gods are displayed.
The dining room
  Shiva, Krishna and Ganesh all showing different poses and their representation to the Hindu population.  There is a small collection of erotic art, with statues and pictures depicting tantric positions. 

The last collection is the Japanese art.  Lots of folding screens and plenty of painted scrolls all with fine scenery or nature as their subject matter.  Also popular in Japanese art is the block printing technique. 

The entry price alone is worth paying to see the Palace.  The royal reception room has huge crystal chandeliers hanging from the high ceilings.  The thick red royal carpet is laid in the middle of the room leading up to the chair on a raised three step altar.  The huge painted pictures hang proudly on either side of the walls.  The adjoining room is a long majestic dining hall, with maybe 10 seats gathered around the long table.  The ceilings are decorated and each room has a different design.

The museum was very quiet, we pretty much had the whole place to ourselves.  Outside on the other hand consistently has people taking pictures in the garden and outside the entrance.   
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Chinese scroll art
Chinese scroll art
The Palace rooms
The Palace rooms
The dining room
The dining room
Indian art, Ganesh flirting
Indian art, Ganesh flirting
Japanese folding screen art
Japanese folding screen art
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