Meeting the Qianlong Emperor: The Golden Age of China
You know something special is happening when the Chinese government lets you borrow over 120 pieces of ancient Chinese artwork from over 3,000 years ago.
It means we can visit vital pieces of the Chinese annals in the Qianlong Emperor, the Golden Age of China exhibition, paying homage to the centuries of Chinese culture and development through the ages while marvelling at how preserved and in good condition the pieces have remained.
The pieces are from the Chinese collection from the Qianlong Emperor’s 60-year long reign over China from 1736-1795.
It’s important to note when looking at some of the stunning ornate pieces in the collection that it was during Qianlong’s reign that China was the wealthiest and most populous nation in the world. His ability to preserve and carry-on his Manchu warrior-huntsman traditions whilst adoption the Confucian principles and political and cultural leadership meant that his ability to govern over 150 million Chinese people was second to none.
It’s without doubt that the Qing Dynasty was one of the most beautiful, focusing on the successes of China and the wealth in people, culture, art and finance the country enjoyed for such a prolonged period.
See the exhibition at the NGV until 21 June 2015. See more at the NGV online (WWW).
Photography by Meagan Harding exclusively for THE F.
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