Other Documents in National Palace Museum
Welcome to the National Palace Museum's collection of documents from the Qing dynasty! Here, you can explore some of the most important documents from this era. We have a variety of different documents on display here, including a Gold-leaf Tributary Document from Siam, Edicts for the Personal Rule of the T'ung-chih Emperor and Diplomatic Credentials Presented by The Great Qing Empire's Overseas Survey Envoy to The Great British Empire. These documents provide us with an insight into the diplomatic relationships between China and other countries during this time period. Come take a look at these fascinating artifacts today!
1. Diplomatic Credential Presented by the Great Qing Empire's Overseas Survey Envoy to the Great British Empire
The National Palace Museum in Taiwan has a collection of diplomatic credentials that were sent by the Qing government to other countries. These credentials were used in international negotiations or presented by envoys when they were appointed or dismissed.
2. Edicts: Edict for the Personal Rule of the T'ung-chih Emperor
An edict is an official document issued by the emperor. It starts with the phrase, "Entrusted as such by the Heavens, the Emperor hereby proclaims...." The purpose of an edict is to inform all officials, nobility, and commoners of the land about the emperor's orders.
3. Gold-leaf Tributary Document from Siam
This document is a gold-leaf tributary document from Siam. It is highly exquisite and was sent by Taksin, the king of Siam, on a tribute mission to the Qing government.