Ming which means “bright” in Chinese was an appropriate name for a dynasty whose 276 years of rule were marked by stability, economic strength, and a dramatic flourishing of the arts. As China’s last native-ruled dynasty, the Ming dynasty is revered as a pinnacle of cultural achievement. Imperially supervised workshops and kilns followed strict guidelines for the creation of goods for royal consumption. Under these rigorous guidelines set forth by the court-based Bureau of Design, Ming porcelains and other artworks such as lacquer, metalwork, and textiles became world renowned for their quality. Power & Glory provides a rare opportunity to experience first-hand the majestic perfection of Ming dynasty artistic endeavors.
- from Introduction
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