Gardens were often designed to embody the ideals of their owners. Paintings of gardens could take even greater license in conveying a man’s character by constructing symbols and metaphors drawn from elements of the natural environment
inside the forbidden city, beijing, china. the forbidden city was the chinese imperial palace from the ming dynasty to the end of the qing dynasty. it is located in the center of beijing, china, and now houses the palace museum.
Empress Dowager Cixi After the death of Xianfeng in Zaichun, Nalashi's six-year-old son, succeeded to the throne under the reign title of Tongzhi so Nalashi was promoted to Empress Dowager with her honorary title Cixi.
A Famille-Verte 'Wild Flowers and Insects' Baluster Vase, Qing Dynasty, Kangxi Period - Alain.
Panel with five phoenixes in a garden. Qing dynasty (1644–1911), from 18th century. Silk Tapestry. The bright yellow background, a color exclusive to the emperor, further confirms its imperial origins. The five phoenixes probably refer to the five species of this auspicious bird in Chinese myths. This piece is paired with another five-phoenix panel in The Met collection, and the set could represent the five ideal relationships (wulun) in Confucianism.