Luxury and Luminosity: Visual Culture and the Ming Court

July 3, 2004 – June 26, 2005

Freer Gallery of Art
Jefferson Drive and 12th Street, SW
Washington, DC

Gallery 19 Floor Plan

This exhibition features 48 objects of which 35 are imperially commissioned, cobalt-decorated porcelains from the Ming dynasty (1368-1644) and places them in the broader context of other major court arts of the period. Art works include enamel-decorated porcelains, cinnabar-red carved lacquers, cloisonne and gold vessels, silk tapestries, and color paintings. The use of art to further the emperor's domestic and foreign agendas also is revealed through these objects.