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Release date- 19082014 - A major exhibition based on research by an
The exhibition uses paintings and objects from the period to show the power and status of regional aristocrats and princes in the Ming Dynasty. This is a recent argument in the study of the Ming Dynasty which was put forward by Professor Clunas in his book Screen of Kings (
'In the 1970s the Ming Dynasty was seen as a textbook example of oriental despotism - a very centralised structure with an all-powerful emperor and no real role for the regional aristocracy,' Professor Clunas explained. 'My research suggests that these regional princes, branches of the imperial family across the empire, do need to be taken seriously, and that the multiple regional courts played a larger role in the Ming Dynasty than we used to think.
'Part of the evidence for the importance of regional princes comes from archaeological discoveries in recent decades when the tombs of the princes were excavated. Newly discovered objects tell us a fuller story of 15th Century China than we get from written evidence from the time.'
'Another highlight is a ceremonial belt belonging to a prince, which is solid gold studded with rubies as big as a thumb. Gold and jewels are everywhere and I hope that visitors will see that the Ming Dynasty is more than just blue and white porcelain vases - although these are in the exhibition too!'
The exhibition is a joint enterprise between the Professor Clunas and Jessica Harrison-Hall of the
They were very open to the idea - priceless objects and paintings from ten Chinese institutions and 21 international lenders have been loaned to the
Another theme of the exhibition is that
The exhibition will be installed in
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