From the beginning to the middle of the 15th century, China was mainly run by one family: the Ming Dynasty. Find out more about this famous period in Ming: 50 Years that Changed China at the British Museum.
Based in Beijing, the dynasty established the city as the nation’s capital and built the world-famous Forbidden City. This was a time in China’s history that allowed unrestricted access to the outside world; so many artists were able to witness and absorb all sorts of new techniques and influences from other nations. Combining these ideas with their own brilliant craftsmanship, they were able to create some of the most stunning paintings and artefacts ever produced
Witness displays of some of the finest porcelain, gold, furniture and jewellery of the time. Collected from museums around the world, many rare items have not been seen before in public.