White Falcon (detail), by Lang Shining (Giuseppe Castiglione, Italian, 1688–1766)

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Asian Art Museum
April 27, 2016
White Falcon (detail), by Lang Shining (Giuseppe Castiglione, Italian, 1688–1766)

Emperors' Treasures at the Asian Art Museum

The Emperors' Treasures exhibit has ended. Please visit Asian Art Museum for current exhibitions.


Behold a treasure trove of emperors’ prized possessions. Emperors’ Treasures: Chinese Art from the National Palace Museum, Taipei is on view at the Asian Art Museum from June 17-Sept. 18, 2016.  Passed from dynasty to dynasty, these masterpieces were conveyed to Taiwan amidst conflict and now reside in one of the world’s greatest collections of Chinese art at the National Palace Museum in Taipei.

Rarely seen outside the court at the time of their creation, artworks made by and for emperors inherited an aura of mystery that ignited an enduring fascination, fueled by their extraordinary splendor, beauty and richness. These objects represent the highlights of China’s artistic accomplishments. Through exquisite paintings, ceramics, jades and more, Emperors’ Treasures explores the identities of nine rulers who reigned from the 12th through 20th centuries. By examining each ruler’s contribution to the arts and the eras’ changing styles, this exhibition reveals how emperors’ personal tastes shaped the evolution of art in China.This exhibition, the only West Coast presentation, showcases more than 150 exquisite objects, most on view in the U.S. for the first time. Highlights include White Falcon, a hanging silk scroll by Italian-born Lang Shining from the Qing Dynasty period, a ritual instrument bell from the Northern Song dynasty, and various bowls and vases from the Qing, Ming and Yuan dynasties, amongst many others. Not to be missed is the jasper Meat-shaped Stone on a gold stand from the Qing dynasty, a replica of a braised pork belly and a particularly celebrated piece of artwork in Taiwan, which drew an estimated 84,000 visitors when on display at Japan's Kyushu National Museum in 2014.

Journey through 800 years of Chinese history and enter the elegant and exclusive realm of the imperial court.

Use promo code SFTRAVEL to save 20% on your ticket purchase for Emperors' Treasures and General Admission. Tickets are available online or at the Asian Art Museum. 

Group Visits
Discounted admission rates and private tours are available for groups. For more information, visit www.asianart.org or call 415-581-3624.

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