Gugong Museum: QING GONG XIQU WENWU. Cultural Relics of Drama of the Qing Dynasty. Complete Collection of Treasures Gugong, 55. Shanghai, 2008. 30, 274 pp. Colour plates throughout. 29x22 cm. Boards.
Volume 55 in this series shows 252 artefacts related to theatre culture as practised in the Forbidden City during the Qing dynasty. An important form of imperial entertainment! Includes 199 examples of theatre robes and costumes all from the Qing Court collection. Many of these are absolutely stunning and never previously published, for example, a Monkey King armour of apricot satin, long-sleeved python robes and a parrot dress of white satin embroidered with feather designs. The remaining 53 objects include stage props (many beautifully embroidered), drama albums and scripts. All the items are from the Qing Court collection. Finally, a few actual stages located within the Forbidden City are pictured. Captions in English, otherwise Chinese text. Highly-recommended for anyone interested in Qing dynasty imperial textiles and the culture of the Forbidden City. Out-of-print and now hard to find.
Subjects: Theatre Textiles
Item 43 in List 203.
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