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This exhibition is exploring the fifty years between 1400 and 1450 that saw China’s Ming dynasty establish Beijing as the capital and build the world-famous Forbidden City. 

New excavations over the past ten years have unearthed a wealth of new treasures, never before seen in the UK. Spectacular objects in the exhibition include exquisite porcelain, gold, jewellery, furniture, paintings, sculptures and textiles. These are drawn from museums across China and the rest of the world, as well as the British Museum’s own collection.

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