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Slide 0: Dragon Lady: The Life and Legend of the Last Empress of China
Dragon Lady: The Life and Legend of the Last Empress of China
Written by Sterling Seagrave, author of The Soong Dynasty, Dragon Lady: The Life and Legend of the Last Empress of China gives us our most vivid and reliable biography yet of the Dowager Empress Tzu Hsi, remembered through the exaggeration and falsehood of legend as the ruthless Manchu concubine who seduced and murdered her way to the Chinese throne in 1861.
Slide 1: Chinese Dress: From the Qing Dynasty to the Present
Chinese Dress: From the Qing Dynasty to the Present
Featuring over 450 archival photographs and line drawings, Chinese Dress: From the Qing Dynasty to the Present traces the evolution of Chinese clothing from court and formal costumes to the fashions of modern China. A comprehensive and sumptuously illustrated book, Chinese Dress is the essential reference for costume historians, fashion designers and collectors, as well as lovers of beautiful clothes everywhere.
Slide 2: Chinese Symbolism and Art Motifs
Chinese Symbolism and Art Motifs
Chinese Symbolism & Art Motifs is a comprehensive handbook of symbolism in Chinese art and culture. Serves as an invaluable resource for any student of Eastern art history, Chinese arts and crafts, and anyone interested in commonly held Chinese beliefs and their origins.
Slide 3: Ming's Adventure in the Forbidden City
Ming's Adventure in the Forbidden City
Ming's Adventure in the Forbidden City is a colorfully illustrated multicultural children's book featuring a boy of today and a Little Emperor from the past who find adventure and fun in the Forbidden City!
Slide 4: Empresses of China's Forbidden City, 1644-1912
Empresses of China's Forbidden City, 1644-1912
Empresses of China's Forbidden City, 1644-1912 is a fascinating look at the life and times of empresses in the Qing dynasty as they played an influential role in the imperial court and the cosmopolitan culture of their time. Offering compelling insights into the material culture, activities, and living spaces of Qing empresses, this lavishly illustrated book features over 100 spectacular works of art from the Palace Museum in Beijing—including large-scale portraits, court robes, and richly decorated Buddhist sutras—that bring the splendor of the Qing court to life. A series of insightful essays examines the fascinating ways that key imperial women engaged with art, religion, and politics. This unprecedented exploration of the Qing court from the perspective of its royal women is an important new contribution to our understanding of Chinese art and history.
Slide 5: The Last Emperors
The Last Emperors
The Qing Dynasty (1644-1912) was the last and arguably the greatest of the conquest dynasties to rule China. Its rulers, Manchus from the north, held power for three centuries despite major cultural and ideological differences with the Han majority. In The Last Emperors: A Social History of Qing Imperial Institutions, Evelyn Rawski offers a bold new interpretation of the remarkable success of this dynasty, arguing that it derived not from the assimilation of the dominant Chinese culture, as has previously been believed, but rather from an artful synthesis of Manchu leadership styles with Han Chinese policies.
Slide 6: Adventures of Rama
Adventures of Rama
To rid the world of the evil, ten-headed Ravana, the Hindu god Vishnu appears on earth as a heroic prince, Rama. The devotion of his brother Lakshman, his marriage to the beautiful Sita, and encounters with demons, giants, sages, and holy men form favorite episodes familiar to any Hindu child. Taken from the holy text, the Ramayana, these stories conclude with Rama's efforts to rescue the kidnapped Sita, aided by Hanuman, leader of an army of monkeys. The Adventures of Rama retells and lavishly illustrates these incidents using original paintings from a 16th-century Mughal manuscript in the collection of the Freer Gallery of Art. The author, Milo Cleveland Beach, is the former director of the Freer and Sackler Galleries. Although based on Hindu religion and taken from the 500 B.C. Ramayana, this story book is really all about marvels. Lavishly illustrated with enlargements of miniatures painted during the reign of Akbar the Great.
Slide 7: Velvet Peacock Bag
Velvet Peacock Bag
On trend and retro elegant, this soft Velvet Peacock Bag is the perfect must-have accessory for dressy or casual occasions. Drawstring closure. Fully lined. 70% Rayon/30% Polyester Velvet. Imported.
Slide 8: Crane Quintet Wall Sculpture
Crane Quintet Wall Sculpture
This Crane Quintet Wall Sculpture poignantly depicts pairs of lovers and a patriarch looking skyward, perhaps in contemplation of their next journey. Symbols of soaring spirits, these beautiful birds are fashioned from hand-finished aluminum and finished in antiqued gold. Ready to hang.
Slide 9: Pink Blossom Cloisonné Necklace
Pink Blossom Cloisonné Necklace
Was: $95.00 Now: $59.99
Timeless elegance for casual or dressier occasions, this long, graduated Pink Blossom Cloisonné Necklace is beaded with double-knotted orbs of cloisonné, whose traditional inlaid enamelwork is a beautiful example of an ancient art.
Slide 10: Blooming Tea Mug with Lid and Infuser
Blooming Tea Mug with Lid and Infuser
Equipped with an optional infuser and heat-retaining lid, this elegantly patterned Blooming Tea Mug with Lid and Infuser makes an exceptionally thoughtful gift. Translucent AND chip resistant fine bone china. Microwave and dishwasher safe. Beautifully boxed.
Slide 11: Painterly Peonies Silk Scarf
Painterly Peonies Silk Scarf
Was: $50.00 Now: $34.99
Smithsonian Exclusive Smithsonian Institution Exclusive

Perfect for festive occasions fall through spring, this Painterly Peonies Silk Scarf is printed with elegantly abstracted brushstrokes depicting lush peony bouquets. When draped, gathered, or scrunched, these bouquets become part of a mesmerizing flow of greens, pinks, and burgundies. 100% silk. Imported.
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