Curio in National Palace Museum, Qianlong reign (1736-1795), Qing dynasty
Welcome to the National Palace Museum's collection of curios from the Qianlong reign of the Qing dynasty! Here you can find a variety of unique and interesting artifacts, such as Cloisonne and painted enamel butter tea jars, Round Bamboo-Veneered Curio Boxes with Lotus Blossom Decor, Inkstones for Imperial Usage, Carved Polychrome Lacquer Boxes in the Shape of Conjoined Spheres and Square Sandalwood Curio Cases. These items are all incredibly intricate and beautiful, and they provide us with a glimpse into the life of the imperial court during this period. Come explore these fascinating artifacts today!
1. Cloisonne and painted enamel butter tea jar
Cloisonné enamelware from the Qing dynasty is some of the best in the world. Painted enamelware is made by putting a layer of glaze on the surface of the piece, firing it, painting a scene over the glaze, and then firing it again at a low temperature.
2. Round Bamboo-Veneered Curio Box with Lotus Blossom Decor (Containing 27 Curios)
This curio box has four sections that can be opened up to form a straight line or turned around to form a square.
3. Inkstones for Imperial Usage
This inkstone has six cloud-head feet and is carved with a round and square seal. The upper carving is in clerical script and reads "Pure Curio of the Qianlong [Emperor]", while the lower carving is in seal script and reads "Presented to the Three Altruisms." The cover
4. Carved Polychrome Lacquer Box in the Shape of Conjoined Spheres
The Double-union Treasure Chest is a type of round vessel that is conjoined together. The surface of the object is applied with two kinds of lacquer, and the decoration is carved in relief with images of tribute.
5. Square Sandalwood Curio Case (Containing 32 Curios)
This curio box looks like a plain container when closed. The advantage to this type of container is that it doesn't take up much space in storage. The outside may appear quite simple, but it is actually quite intricate.