From the Vast Collections of the Museum of the Forbidden City, a Selection of Arms and Armour from the Qing Dynasty

From the Vast Collections of the Museum of the Forbidden City, a Selection of Arms and Armour from the Qing Dynasty
#Exhibitions

Artifacts bringing together beauty, precision and iconographic sophistication fill the ample exhibition halls of the Guardian Art Center, paying homage to the art of war, battles and hunting during the Qing Dynasty. Swords, saddles, whips, sheathed knives, armour, bows and helmets - finely decorated historical pieces which, as indicated by the three sections of the exhibition, exemplify the armaments in use during the era for ceremonies, war or simply for pure art’s sake. Various sub-sections, meanwhile, show visitors these arms used during auspicious cerermonies, hunting and large gatherings in a continuous visual connection between the elegance of the decorations, the precious materials used - from shark skin handles inlaid with precious stones to satin and filigree corsets - and the solemnity of the military equipment of the age, veritable treasures today. There are also a series of paintings of containers and armaments with accompanying explanations and comments, but also more common yet nevertheless important items, such as the musket balls used during imperial hunts. Each round was surprisingly saved and registered with numerous details, such as the date of the hunt, the type of prey and the musket used.

Manuela Lietti - © 2022 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel Beijing