Exhibitions

Secret World of the Forbidden City: Splendors from China’s Imperial Palace

Secret World of the Forbidden City: Splendors from China’s Imperial Palace

On view July 1, 2001

Located in the: Online Interactive

Enter the Forbidden City – China’s Imperial Palace – as you examine more than 300 of the spectacular objects that celebrated, adorned, and entertained the emperors and imperial families of the Qing dynasty from 1644 to 1911.  Works of gold encrusted with precious gems, elegant robes, arms, and armor, jewelry, scepters and seals, portraits and paintings, and a throne room are featured in Secret World of the Forbidden City: Splendors from China’s Imperial Palace at the Peabody Essex Museum, the exhibition’s only east coast venue.  Seize this rare opportunity – forbidden for centuries to all but nobility – to experience the daily life, state rituals, religious ceremonies, and leisure activities of the Qing rulers and their imperial courts.