Palace Museum objects showcase weddings of Chinese emperors

An exhibition that opens tomorrow at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum in Sha Tin will showcase the grand weddings of the Qing emperors through 153 sets of exhibits selected from the collections of rarities at the Palace Museum.
Documents, portraits, costumes, personal ornaments, dowry objects, wedding ritual objects and court musical instruments, among others, will serve to showcase the grand occasions.
The exhibition, “Ceremony and Celebration – The Grand Weddings of the Qing Emperors” runs from tomorrow to February 27 next year. (Pictured, the gold seal of an empress. It is inscribed with the mark “Huanghou zhibao” (Empress’s seal) and was made according to Qing institutions for the wedding of the last Qing emperor, Puyi, and his bride Wanrong in 1922).
Highlights include 10 pictures selected from the comprehensive illustrated record of the grand wedding of Zaitian (the Guangxu Emperor), with a total length of 12 meters; a gold seal engraved with “Huanghou zhibao” (Empress’s seal) and surmounted by a dragon knob; a bright yellow lined male dragon robe with kesi tapestry gold dragon, bat, cloud and double happiness motifs; a bright red quilted dragon robe embroidered with eight dragon-phoenix and double happiness roundels; a wooden saddle with gemstone inlays and “golden walnut wood” veneer; an iron helmet with gold filigree; and a duomu flask used in traditional Manchu weddings.
The thematic galleries will also display replicas of the Chinese emperor’s wedding room and the Empress’s Phoenix Chair, enabling the visitors to explore the splendor of the Qing royal weddings. Artefacts highlighting regional marriage practices will also be displayed, allowing visitors to get a glimpse of the commoners’ wedding practices.
The exhibition is jointly presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and the Palace Museum, and jointly organised by the Hong Kong Heritage Museum and the Palace Museum, with sole sponsorship from the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust.

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