Thursday, June 4, 2009

Miniatures Museum of The World-Taiwan (7)

"The making of miniatures is a combination of art, fantasy, and history," Tsao states. "Through the appreciation of these displays, you learn about the history and cultural significance of the period and the place. At the same time, you can enter the imaginary worlds of Alice in Wonderland, Gulliver's Travels, or Snow White."

Today's post is the 1st of 3 parts on Fairy Tales and Fantasy:


This exhibit is in a glass case with 4 scenes depicted on each side of the case:

Jack and the Beanstalk


This is a very unusual exhibit. Both scenes are actually from at the same side of the glass exhibit. The scene changes everytime the light goes off and comes on again. So you see Cinderella and the Fairy Godmother, light goes off and when it comes on, it is Cinderella running away from the palace ..


  1. Hi Sans, what an agreable break from ironin. I love Cinderella and Jack but Pinocchio leaves me cold. It does not look authentic: never seen a thatched house in center Italy. Collodi was from Toscana and he wrote about his own world. This is the Walt Disney's Pinocchio, who, I'm afraid, has very little to share with the real one.He was a proper rascal for the first part of the book and only changed his behaviour on educational purposes. Pinocchio was written for adults and it was only after its huge success that it was declared a kids book, hence the change of attitude.
    Thank you for sharing, big hugs Rosanna

  2. I forgot: the first issue ended with the death of Pinocchio, hanged on a tree by two Carabinieri after a trial. At this point the Blue Haired Fairy sends her vallets and takes him home where he is cured by the crow doctors. And he is given a bitter medicine with the promise a meal of boiled cawliflower seasoned with oil and a slice of bread buttered on BOTH sides. This to give you the idea of the poverty in Italian countries around the turn of 19 century.

  3. Rosana, I love the original story. Now I will tell my nieces and nephew the real version. Wonder if they will hate me for life after that. Pinocchio is a well loved character here because all mothers use him to teach children not to tell lies unless they want long noses.

    You always do hate how Italian art/characters/fairy tales are being "translated" by foreigners just like how I cannot stand Chinese being depicted in Hollywood movies! Firtly, not all our eyes are squinty (although mine are), secondly, we are not always evil or wise or kung fu master although yes, we all know kung fu *giggles.