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Empresses of China's Forbidden City, 1644-1912
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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.
Our Freer|Sackler Museum's newest exhibition, Empresses of China's Forbidden City, explores in-depth the lives of the Qing dynasty empresses and their significance in shaping Qing history.
Hardcover. 264 pages with 226 color and black & white illustrations.

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