Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) court life is on show at an exhibition at the National Museum of Classic Books in Beijing. The exhibition, which runs from late April to August, offers visitors a glimpse of how Emperor Wanli, the dynasty's longest reigning emperor, and his officials lived and worked during his reign from 1573 to 1620.
The gold imperial crown on display is the only one of its kind discovered in China to date, and is the most precious item in the collection. It was made by hand from 852 fine gold wires. No joins or broken wires can be found on the crown, which is considered the pinnacle of Ming metalwork.
(Text and photos by Wei Yao)
Copyedited by G.P. Wilson
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