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Metalwork

The Palace Museum’s holdings include over 2,400 metal articles. These holdings primarily consist of works previously owned by the Qing imperial family, and the majority of the articles were produced in the Qing dynasty. The Qing imperial establishment extensively used metals in officially published decrees, sacrificial ceremonies, garments and accessories, daily life, saddlery, decorations, and Buddhist rituals. These holdings include over 900 articles of silver—the majority of which were made during the Qing dynasty. These works include silver ewers, silver cups, and silver cases. The collection also contains over 200 pewter articles—primarily consisting of different types of pewter ewers or teapots that have been engraved with poetry inscriptions, floral designs, landscapes, or human figures. Some of these pewter articles were acquired via private donation.

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