The Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China’s Emperors

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This guidebook offers an intimate overview of the Palace Museum's vast collection of rare objects produced for and collected by the emperors of China. Centreing on items that have rarely been seen outside of China, it features full-colour reproductions and detailed descriptions of individual objects, their owners and their broader contexts. This publication is an invaluable resource and keepsake for those interested in China’s imperial past.

The Forbidden City guidebook accompanies the first major Canadian presentation from the Palace Museum’s Collection in Beijing, organized by the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, and the Palace Museum and presented at the Vancouver Art Gallery from October 18, 2014 to January 11, 2015.


Edited by Daina Augaitis, Timothy Brook, Chen Shen, Wen-chien Cheng
Essays by Timothy Brook, Chen Shen, Wen-chien Cheng

88 pages
8 x 5 inches
70 colour and 2 black and white illustrations
ISBN 9781927656136
Vancouver Art Gallery and Royal Ontario Museum