The Third Room

The Third RoomThese are milk containers. The Manchu drank a lot of milk.
  These hanging screens are made of gold and precious stones.
  Others are dinner sets made of gold, silver, jade and crystal.

  In this showcase are a pair of mythical animals (called lu) used as incense burners and a pair of column-shaped incense burners. They are made of gold. It is said that the mythical animal could travel 9,000kilometres a day and know everything in the world. Usually this- kind of incense burner was placed by the side of the throne, supposed to be a symbol of the emperor’s intelligence.
  Here are 16 gold chimes, weighing totally more than 400 kilos. Each weighs differently, so it sends out different tone when struck. In 1924 these chimes were taken to Tianjin. Aften liberation they were sent back to Beijing and put on display.

  This is a 6.8-kilo gold seal conferred by Emperor Guangxu to his favourite concubine -Zhenfei. She was also known as the Pearl Consort.The knob of the seal is shaped like the body of a tortoise and the head and tail of a dragon. This kind of tortoise-shaped knob was a standard for imperial concubines.

  In ancient China, the tortoise was considered an auspicious animal. The dragon was the symbol of imperial power.
  Ruyi, a good luck scepter, was developed from a back scratcher, originated from the Eastern Jin Dynasty about 1,500 years ago. The scepter is about half a metre long and made of metal, stone, bone, jade, coral or lacquer, etc. It was given as a gift and served as a symbol of good wishes for the prosperity and longevity of the recipient.

  Ruyi means: “May your wish come true.”
  The portable incense burners. When the emperor went out, they were carried by four eunuchs walking ahead and another four behind, keeping the air always pleasant to him.

  These are sacrificial wine vessels and gold bowls.
  Here is a gold tower weighing more than 100 kilos. It was used only to keep the fallen hair of Emperor Qianlong’s mother.
  This hanging screen is made of gold, showing a cassia tree.

  The new-born prince had his first bath in this gold basin three days after birth. The basin has a phoenix design in the middle. This, room was formerly the emperor’s residence.

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