This exhibit included artifacts from the Quing Dynasty (1644-1911) many of which have never before been shown in North America. Included were magnificent court costumes, imperial jewelry, crowns, thrones, furniture and artwork of the Emperor Qianlong. Also included were historically important items such as the music box and bicycle given to Emperor Xuantong, known as the Last Emperor. Through these precious artifacts visitors to the exhibit explored the ceremonial and private life of the monarchs of the last dynasty.
The exhibit was organized by the Palace Museum, Beijing, the Peoples’ Republic of China, and The Bowers Museum of Cultural Art, Santa Ana, California.