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Luxury and Luminosity: Visual Culture and the Ming Court

July 3, 2004 – June 26, 2005

Freer Gallery of Art
Jefferson Drive & 12th Street, SW
Washington, DC

Location: Gallery 19

This exhibition features 48 objects of which 35 are imperially commissioned, cobalt-decorated porcelains from the Ming dynasty (1368-1644) and places them in the broader context of other major court arts of the period. Art works include enamel-decorated porcelains, cinnabar-red carved lacquers, cloisonne and gold vessels, silk tapestries, and color paintings. The use of art to further the emperor's domestic and foreign agendas also is revealed through these objects.