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Empresses of China's Forbidden City


  • Peabody Essex Museum 161 Essex Street Salem, MA, 01970 United States (map)

This exhibition is the first to explore the role of empresses in shaping China’s last dynastythe Qing dynastyfrom 1644 to 1912. Nearly 200 spectacular objects from the Palace Museum tell the little-known stories of how imperial women influenced court politics, art and religion.

Timed to mark the 40th anniversary of the establishment of U.S.-China diplomatic relations, Empresses of China's Forbidden City is organized by the Peabody Essex Museum; the Smithsonian's Freer|Sackler, Washington, D.C.; and the Palace Museum, Beijing.