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Silk Splendour

Textiles of Late Imperial China (1644 - 1911)

May 4, 2012 - May 4, 2012

Curated by: Barry Till
Pollard Gallery

The exhibition will feature garments from the 19th century reflecting the pomp and ceremony of Manchu court life and the Chinese aristocracy during China’s last imperial dynasty from the Chinese textile collection of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.  The Art Gallery recently received a large donation of superb quality Chinese costume from an American donor Helen Jahnke through the Council for Canadian American Relations. 

As well the Art Gallery just purchased an informal robe once worn by the Last Empress of China. Empress Wan Rang (1906-46), married the last emperor in 1922 when she was 17.  The actress,  Joan Chen,  played her in the movie – The Last Emperor.

Woman’s Short Jacket | embroidered silk, Qing dynasty, 19th century | Gift of Helen Jahnke, Courtesy of the Council for Canadian American Relations

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