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The remarkable design and superb mechanical craftsmanship of European clocks brought to China fully reflect the artistry of eighteenth and nineteenth century European clockmakers.
The Ming and Qing dynasties were the very period when ancient women paintings were developing at an unprecedented rate. The amount of women painters and that of their works as well as their artistic expression through painting languages all surpassed the performances of women painters in other dynasties.
Ruyi scepters were not only auspicious objects in the imperial collection, but also symbolic representations of wealth and power. The Palace Museum has nearly three thousand ruyi scepters with outstanding designs in a wide variety of materials, of which examples are selected in this exhibition.
During the ten years from 1994 to 2004, some seven-hundred paintings, calligraphy, and stone rubbings were acquired for the Palace Museum collection, which are instrumental for the preservation of traditional culture and for art historical research.
The Tang dynasty witnessed the peak of Chinese feudal society with the stability of the society and the development of the economy providing profound material basis for producing pottery figurines.
Chinese packing has long history and evolved a culture of its own with unique oriental charm. From the simple cord packing of the remote antiquity to the luxurious packing used by the imperial family, packing continuously developed and progressed in the aspects of materials, methods and thoughts.
Huge quantities of reproductions were made in the Ming dynasty and afterwards in three notable periods of growth: during the reigns of the Qing Kangxi, Yongzheng and Qianlong reigns; in the late Qing dynasty; and after the 1980s.
To spread the knowledge to tell genuine works from fakes, several principal methods are introduced for detecting forgeries produced by tracing, copying, imitating, hacking, altering and patching.
While the Yongzheng Emperor (r. 1723-1735) was still a prince, he commissioned this beautiful set of paintings for the purpose of decorating a screen in the Deep Willows Reading Hall, a study within his private quarters at the Summer Palace.
Tribute gifts from Guangdong Province to the Qing dynasty (1644-1911) imperial palace range from unique local specialties, exquisite decorative arts, to exotic products imported from abroad. They reflect the thriving trade in Guangdong Province in the Qing dynasty, superb craftsmanship, and embrace of western technology and art.
The Palace Museum has a collection of over 800 ancient jadeite objects, which makes it the largest jadeite collection in the world.
With calligraphic masterpieces from the Palace Museum collection as concrete roofs, this exhibition traces the history of Chinese calligraphic art, specifically the evolvment and transformation of script styles, providing a visual feast for viewers.
Life of the woman who ruled China for forty-eight years from late 19th century to early 20th century. She is widely known as Empress Dowager Cixi.
On the 30th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic relations between China and Japan, the Palace Museum has selected some of the finest Japanese antiquities in its collection for display, in the good will that this would enhance mutual understanding of each nation's culture and art.