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Dragons and Dragonflies: Court, Temple and Household in Imperial China

April 1, 2011 – May 30, 2011

Hyle Family Gallery
The paintings, textiles and other objects in this exhibition reveal life in eighteenth and nineteenth century China. “Dragons and Dragonflies” includes exquisite garments for formal and informal occasions; embroidered and woven badges that indicate the wearer’s rank; a well-worn pair of doll-like shoes for a woman’s bound feet; richly ornamented textiles embroidered by women and young girls to embellish their garments and households; and images used in household, temple and church to worship Buddhist, Daoist or Christian deities.

Mary M. Dusenbury is guest curator for the exhibition. The objects in the exhibition come from the K-State Historic Costume and Textiles Museum and the Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas. The exhibition is generously funded by the Lincoln and Dorothy Deihl Trust in honor of Dorothy Deihl.