In addition to some 950 diverse examples of Chinese snuff bottles (the collecting of which was one of Chester Beatty’s lifelong passions), the Chinese collection encompasses paintings, court textiles, manuscripts, rare books and prints from the Ming and Qing dynasties (1368-1644; 1644-1911). Among the numerous works prepared at imperial command, a group of fifteen exquisitely carved jade books and three hand-written volumes of the Great Encyclopedia of the Yongle Reign are of especial importance.
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