Auspicious Symbols in Qing Dynasty Textiles
How can clothing and textiles reveal what was valued in Qing dynasty (1644-1912 CE) China? How did Chinese cultural associations with the natural world influence fashion and decor of Qing dynasty nobility? Closely examine Qing dynasty clothing and home furnishings and decor from Freer|Sackler collections to discover auspicious symbols. Learn about each symbol's significance in Chinese culture. Then, test your eyes and see if you can locate the symbols in other textile examples by answering guided questions. A glossary and exhibition resources are provided for teacher reference. This Learning Lab Collection was designed as a resource for the Empresses of China's Forbidden City, 1644-1912 exhibition on view at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery March 30 - June 23, 2019.
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