The meeting place was the cast courts, because of the splendid stuff they contain ...
website puts it better: "Chinese emperors of the Qing dynasty (1644-1911) performed rituals every year at the Altars of Heaven, Earth, the Sun and the Moon. The rituals were considered essential for the well-being of the empire. Porcelains of different colours were placed at different altars. Dark blue was used for the Altar of Heaven, yellow for Earth, red for the Sun and light blue ( 'moon white') for the Moon. While performing the ritual the emperor would have worn a sacrificial robe of a matching colour."
Miniatures - Ming dynasty (1368-1644) tomb furniture included garment hangers and a tower stand -
What did we find this week? Going round the table ...
|Janet's madonna and child|
|Michelle rubbed back the graphite background, then added the jar|
(and couldn't resist the jagged shape)
|Najlaa's closely observed mosaic flooring|
|Carole's staircase and finial|
|Sue's golden mask of a king, 1700-1800|
|Jo's bronze vessel, 1200-1100BC|
|Joyce was in the 20th century gallery|