A Qing dynasty altar set

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The glass altar set


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© Bristol Museums, Galleries & Archives

The incense burner


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© Bristol Museums, Galleries & Archives

The incense burner


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© Bristol Museums, Galleries & Archives

A bronze vessel (ding)


From the Shang dynasty; 1100s BC

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Silver altar set


Silver altar set in front of imperial ancestor tablets in the Temple of Heaven, Beijing.

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© Peter Couldwell

European-style palaces in the Yuanmingyuan


Giuseppe Castiglione, a Jesuit lay brother, was court artist and architect to the Qianlong emperor. Castiglione designed the European-style palaces in the Yuanmingyuan, the Qing Summer Palace just outside Beijing.

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Fine porcelain vase


The Qianlong emperor in particular admired European art; here is a fine porcelain vase with French style decoration.

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Outside the classroom

Following are links to some museums which have displays of objects from the Qing dynasty.

Bristol Museum

Source: bristol.gov.uk

Visit the site http://www.bristol.gov.uk/page/bristol-museum-and-art-gallery

The Victoria and Albert Museum

Source: vam.ac.uk

Visit the site http://www.vam.ac.uk

Museum of Croydon, London

Source: museumofcroydon.com

Visit the site http://www.museumofcroydon.com/

Lady Lever Art Gallery, Liverpool

Source: liverpoolmuseums.org.uk

Visit the site http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/ladylever/

Oriental Museum Durham

Source: dur.ac.uk

Visit the site http://www.dur.ac.uk/oriental.museum

Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

Source: fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk

Visit the site http://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk

National Museum of Scotland

Source: nms.ac.uk

Visit the site http://www.nms.ac.uk

Burrell Collection, Glasgow

Source: museumsgalleriesscotland.org.uk

Visit the site http://www.museumsgalleriesscotland.org.uk/member/burrell-collection

Ulster Museum, Belfast

Source: nmni.com

Visit the site http://www.nmni.com/um

British Museum

Source: britishmuseum.org

Visit the site http://www.britishmuseum.org

A Qing dynasty altar set