Platform shoes with tiger heads, the character for longevity, and bats from the Guangxu period (1875 to 1908). Appliqué, silk satin; platforms: wood core covered with cotton, glass beads. Photo: courtesy of the Palace Museum

China’s Qing dynasty empresses, their lives, riches and erotica celebrated in book

Lavishly illustrated volume lifts the veil on life in the Forbidden City by looking at the robes, jewellery, and accessories empresses wore and the sensuous paintings that adorned their walls

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Platform shoes with tiger heads, the character for longevity, and bats from the Guangxu period (1875 to 1908). Appliqué, silk satin; platforms: wood core covered with cotton, glass beads. Photo: courtesy of the Palace Museum
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