Drinking Tea from Yinzhen’s Twelve LadiesCourt painters, Beijing, possibly including Zhang Zhen (active late17th–early 18th century) or his son Zhang Weibang (about 1725–about 1775)Kangxi period, 1709–23Hanging scroll, ink and color on silk72 7⁄16 × 38 9⁄16 in. (184 × 98 cm)Palace Museum, Gu6458-7/12

Empresses of China’s Forbidden City makes U.S. debut at Peabody Essex Museum

The Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) debuts Empresses of China’s Forbidden City, the first major international exhibition to explore the role of empresses in China’s last dynasty––the Qing dynasty, from 1644 to 1912. Nearly 200 spectacular works, including imperial portraits, jewelry, garments, Buddhist sculptures, and decorative art objects from the Palace Museum, Beijing (known as the Forbidden City), tell the little-known stories of how these empresses engaged with and influenced court politics, art and religion.

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