BYLINE: By MATT SHEPPARD SECTION: NEWS; Pg. 17 LENGTH: 589 words A collection of instruments that has been in the care of the National Museum of China since the 1930s is now at the centre of a mystery.
What was it?
Why was it lost?
Who was responsible for it?
The answer to these questions and many others has been discovered by researchers who have studied the instrument’s condition.
The instruments include a wooden drum, a metal mandolin and a woodwind instrument, all of which have been at the National Gallery of Art in Beijing since the 1950s.
The collection includes several other instruments, including a wooden pipe, a wooden stool and a wooden guitar.
The National Museum has said it will start a formal search for the instruments and return them to the public in 2020.
Its loss was initially attributed to a fire at the Chinese Cultural Centre, a historic site, in 1952.
It was reported in 1956 that a Chinese engineer who had worked for the museum had accidentally left the instruments at the site.
According to museum officials, the Chinese engineers had been using the instruments as tools and were collecting materials for the installation of the new Chinese Cultural Center.
The engineer, who is known as the “father of modern Chinese instrumentation”, later disappeared.
In the 1990s, a Chinese government-owned museum in China was the site of a fire.
The fire was traced to a piece of metal which had been removed from the museum.
The metal was thought to be part of a collection of Chinese instruments and some of them, like the bamboo pipe, were later recovered.
A team led by David Gentry of the Museum of the Pacific, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, was tasked with studying the instruments, which include a drum and bamboo pipe.
“In the 1980s, the Museum worked with an outside group to acquire the instruments,” Gentry said.
“It turned out that the collection was a mix of Chinese, Western and European instruments.
We found that there were a lot of Chinese materials and that many of the instruments had been acquired by foreigners who had been studying Chinese instruments.
This was a serious problem for the Museum.
We wanted to identify the materials that had been used to build the instruments so we could get them back to China.”
After the museum received the instruments back, Gentry and his team began searching for the makers of the metal and the engineer.
As part of the search, they were able to identify a piece which is a part of an ancient Chinese instrument known as a “shen” (pronounced shu-shan), which was used by the Chinese for firefighting.
They found the metal in an attic in a building in the southern Chinese city of Guizhou, which is also home to the National Palace Museum.
After searching the attic, Gentys team found the instruments in the basement of the building, which housed the museum’s collection.
On Saturday, researchers announced that they had identified the instruments.
“This is one of the most significant finds we’ve made in the museum,” Genters said.
But there was still more to discover.
Gentry said the museum will send the instruments to China to be studied and sent to the Smithsonian Institute, which has previously found instruments from the Shang Dynasty (1368-1644) in its collection.
It will also send the pieces to China for conservation.
Some of the Chinese instruments, such as the bamboo and the bamboo guitar, have been in storage at the Smithsonian for more than 20 years.
Other instruments have been returned to China by Chinese officials.
The National Museum is working with the Chinese government on the repatriation of a wooden musical instrument it purchased in 2012 from the Chinese Museum of Fine Arts in Beijing.
There are more than 80 instruments in Gentry’s team.
“The Chinese government is very keen to preserve these instruments and will return them if we do it,” Gents said.
The Chinese government has a history of buying foreign antiquities, and the National Archives is also preparing to return the Chinese national flag to Beijing from which it was raised in 1949.
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