Thursday, Oct. 18th, 2018
Chinese official's rank badge from the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) from a... MORE
OPEN TUESDAY to FRIDAY, 10 - 4
UPCOMING Exhibition - Opening Dec. 2, 2018
* CHINA - Land of Silk and Dragons *
Detail of a Chinese scroll from the museum collection. c. 1850 Qing Dynasty
China was ruled by Emperors for over three thousand years. Some of these dynasties lasted over 700 years. There was constant struggle. In 1911, the Chinese Revolution and the establishment of the Republic of China changed that. The last dynasty, the Qing Dynasty ruled China from 1644 to 1911. Several Potsdam families traveled to China shortly after the revolution, one as a physician, two with connections as Christian missionaries, and others for reasons yet to uncover.
Most artifacts on display are from the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). Much of the Chinese material culture was donated to the museum. A small collection is currently on loan. There are Qing official's robes, hats, and jewelry. Also on view in this exhibit are scrolls, paintings on silk, inlaid boxes, and furniture - as well as ceramics, a carved ivory chess set and a mahjong game made for export from the 1920s. The museum staff, with the help of Chinese scholars are researching the collection which will be on view from Dec 2018 to Sept 2019.
(Downloadable / Searchable PDF format)
RESEARCHERS: If you are traveling here to do research-please call ahead and make an appointment so the staff can locate the information you seek.
2 Park Street, Civic Center, Potsdam, NY 13676
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