Sunday, July 22, 2018

Museum Exhibition Featuring Qing Empresses

A friend of mine has sent me this WSJ article which announces an upcoming exhibition, opening Aug. 18, 2018, centered on prominent Qing Empresses at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Mass., and another one opening in March in Washington DC.

The exhibition will showcase close to 200 items of sumptuous costumes, portraits, furnishings and other objects from the Beijing Palace Museum.

Included among the showcased Empresses is Empress Xiaozhuang (the heroine of The Green Phoenix), who is described in the article as one who "used her skills as a political strategist to protect the reigns of her son and grandson, both of whom assumed the throne as small children".

I'd say that's not an inaccurate description of my heroine. But I would also say that her most important contribution to history is her tireless championing for peace and humanity and advising her son and grandson to do the same, which sets her apart from other Empresses from the Qing dynasty.

Here's the article link.


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