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T+L Reports: Made in China

"Splendors of China's Forbidden City: The Glorious Reign of Emperor Qianlong," at the Field Museum in Chicago, offers an unprecedented glimpse of 18th-century life inside the walled imperial palace. Between 1736 and 1795 the complex was the residence of the widely beloved Emperor Qianlong, who for those60 years ruled over the largest and richest kingdom in the world. The exhibition comprises 500 of the emperor's most precious objects, on loan from the Forbidden City, now Beijing's Palace Museum: jade carvings, gilded bronze ceremonial bells, the carved gold lacquer Dragon Throne, and oils by the Italian painter Giuseppe Castiglione. Everything produced for the emperor's pleasure was exquisite, not least the empress's fanciful winter hat, with pearl-encrusted golden phoenixes rising from a nest of sable and flaming red feathers. Through September 12; opens November 21 at the Dallas Museum of Art.
—Kim Levin

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