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Grandiose wedding exhibition of Qing Emperors held in HK
From:chinadaily  Writer:  Date:2016-12-02
The grand weddings of the Qing emperors were among the most dignified celebrations within the Forbidden City. And now the grandeur has been unveiled to the public.

Emperor Guangxu's wedding costume is on display at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum, Nov 29, 2016. [Photo/Chinanews.com]

 
The exhibition entitled "Ceremony and Celebration: The Grand Weddings of the Qing Emperors" opened at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum in Hong Kong on Nov 29, 2016. It showcases 153 items selected from rare and unique collections of the Palace Museum, including jewelry, an imperial robe and portraits of emperors.
 
Throughout the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), only four emperors, namely Shunzhi, Kangxi, Tongzhi and Guangxu, had the opportunity of taking an empress after their accession to the throne and held their wedding ceremonies inside the Forbidden City. The stately weddings of the Qing emperors involved extremely elaborate rituals, inheriting Han marriage rites as well as incorporating elements of Manchu culture and customs.
The museum displays a restored replica of Emperor Kangxi's wedding room at the Palace of Earthly Tranquility within the Forbidden City, Nov 29, 2016. [Photo/Chinanews.com]
 
 
Gold seal engraved with Huanghou zhibao, or Empress's seal in English, surmounted by a dragon knob is on display at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum, Nov 29, 2016. The gold seal was made for the last emperor Puyi's wedding in 1922. [Photo/Chinanews.com]

A pair of exquisite candlesticks is on display at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum, Nov 29, 2016. [Photo/Chinanews.com]

The duomu flask used in traditional Manchu weddings is on display at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum, Nov 29, 2016. [Photo/Chinanews.com]

A round box with patterns of phoenix and dragon used in royal weddings is on display at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum, Nov 29, 2016. [Photo/Chinanews.com]
 
These documents, portraits, costumes, personal ornaments, dowry objects, wedding ritual objects and court musical instruments on display will explain the processes of imperial weddings. The exhibition will last until Feb 27, 2017.
 
 
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