On December 31, the exhibition Hall of Great Treasures: Selected Qing Dynasty Court Treasures from the Shenyang Palace Museum Collection is jointly held by the National Museum of China and the Shenyang Palace Museum.
The Shenyang Palace Museum is a royal palace built and used in the early Qing Dynasty, as the largest palace complex during the period when the Qing Dynasty ruled beyond the Shanhaiguan Pass. The Shenyang Palace Museum, established on the basis of the Shenyang Palace, possesses a rich collection of Qing Dynasty court treasures. To a certain extent, it not only represents the highest achievements of Qing Dynasty court art but also systematically reflects the etiquette, customs, art culture and religious beliefs of the court.
This exhibition is divided into five sections, namely “Imperial power and order,” “Life and customs,” “Furnishings and decorations,” “Arts and beliefs,” and “Literary governance and military equipment.” A total of more than 200 Qing Dynasty court treasures from the Shenyang Palace Museum and 30 exquisite Qing Dynasty court artifacts from the collection of the National Museum of China are exhibited.
Among the exhibits are majestic, elegant and dignified ceremonial objects, memorial jade seals and jade books of the emperor and empress, magnificent and exquisitely crafted furnishings, beautifully decorated and auspicious household objects, as well as paintings and calligraphy of the emperors and their ministers, and gold and bronze Buddha statues with solemn and graceful decorations. It is worth mentioning that on the occasion of the Chinese New Year, the exhibition not only presents a large number of objects symbolizing good fortune but also adds New Year-themed elements from the Qing palace, such as door gods, Spring Festival couplets and palace lamps, to create a festive atmosphere.
The exhibition is in N4 hall and will last three months.