This traditional-style ancestor portrait depicts the mother of the Qianlong emperor's first empress, who lived from 1711 to 1748. | Portrait of Lirongbao's Wife (fl. 17th century) 18th-19th century | Qing dynasty | Ink and color on silk | China | Purchase--Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program, and partial gift of Richard G. Pritzlaff | Arthur M. Sackler Gallery | S1991.129
The Qianlong Emperor in ceremonial armor on horseback. The Qianlong Emperor is wearing his dress war helmet, which is inlaid with pearls, tourmaline and ruby gem stones, Qianlong period (1736 AD-1795 AD), Qing Dynasty.
Scenic Sites in the Qianlong Emperor’s Southern Inspection Tour, 19th century. Qing dynasty (1644–1911). China. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of John C. Ferguson, 1913 (13.220.134) | This work is featured in our “Painting with Threads” exhibition, on view through March 29, 2015 #AsianArt100
"Twenty-five Seals" refers to those that the Qianlong Emperor (1736-95) designated as symbols of imperial authority. Before the Qianlong Emperor, the number of imperial seals was not set. At the beginning of his reign, there were thirty-nine imperial seals in twenty-nine categories. Due to inconsistent records, confusion over their identification and functions led to abuse of the seals. Therefore, in 1746, the Qianlong Emperor re-identified and classified the seals of the former emperors.