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Arts of 17th-Century China

August 14, 2009–October 25, 2009
Gallery 108

Prior to China’s early 20th-century revolution, the year 1644 marked the final watershed in the country’s imperial history. That spring, the once-powerful court of the Ming dynasty (1368–1644) succumbed to the Manchu-ruled Qing (1644–1911). This exhibition includes paintings, prints, ceramics, lacquers, and jades that span this 17th-century transition. Together, these works reflect different levels of patronage and very diverse aesthetics. Some followed time-honored styles and techniques; others were strikingly innovative.

Gao Yang. Strange Rocks, late Ming/early Qing dynasty. Russell Tyson Purchase Fund.