Qing dynasty

The Manchu ruled during the final imperial dynasty of China, a time of foreign influence and challenge.

1644–1912 C.E.

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Portraits of Shi Wenying and Lady Guan
Portraits of Shi Wenying and Lady Guan

Ancestor portraits are typically commissioned by the family members of the deceased ancestors

Summer <em>chaofu</em> (formal court dress) for a top-rank prince
Summer chaofu (formal court dress) for a top-rank prince

China has captivated the world for thousands of years with its skill and creativity in working with silk.

Landscape: tea sipping under willows
Landscape: tea sipping under willows

Tea drinking has been an essential part of Chinese culture for centuries

Imperial Workshop and Giuseppe Castiglione, <em>The Qianlong Emperor as Manjushri, the Bodhisattva of Wisdom</em>
Imperial Workshop and Giuseppe Castiglione, The Qianlong Emperor as Manjushri, the Bodhisattva of Wisdom

This painting belongs to a small group of eight similar, imperially commissioned works that depict the Qianlong Emperor as the bodhisattva Manjushri

Lacquer box decorated with images of Spring and longevity
Lacquer box decorated with images of Spring and longevity

It must have been incredibly time consuming and expensive to make this box, the design of which, with its bright colors and three-dimensional imagery, is exceptionally vibrant.

Vase of bottle shape with “garlic” mouth
Vase of bottle shape with “garlic” mouth

The fine quality of the porcelain and delicate painting details both suggest that the vase was made for and used by the imperial court in China

Summer Palace in Beijing
Summer Palace in Beijing

The Summer Palace in Beijing is a masterpiece of Chinese landscape garden design.

Zisha “Ru Ding” teapot, Yixing ware
Zisha “Ru Ding” teapot, Yixing ware

A tiny teapot made for a literati audience in Qing dynasty China

Qing dynasty (1644–1911), an introduction
Qing dynasty (1644–1911), an introduction

The Qing dynasty, especially in the eighteenth century when the Qing empire was the largest and most prosperous in the world, saw prolific cultural and artistic achievements.

Shitao, <em>Returning Home</em>
Shitao, Returning Home

12 paintings by Shitao that take you on a journey

Bada Shanren, <em>Lotus and Ducks</em>
Bada Shanren, Lotus and Ducks

The angry ducks of Bada Shanren.

The European Palaces of the Qianlong Emperor, Beijing
The European Palaces of the Qianlong Emperor, Beijing

An imperial surprise: staging Europe in China

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