The Forbidden City, the imperial palace of China's emperors during the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) Dynasties.
Emperor Yongzheng was the fifth emperor of the Qing dynasty and reigned 1722-35. After gaining the throne, this eleventh son of the previous emperor imprisoned or executed many of his siblings and a few of his close officials.
Concubines numbered around 20,000 in the Forbidden City by the Qing dynasty. Producing an heir for the Emperor could happen at the expense of the goodwill of the Emperor's wife, who was higher in rank. Chinese history is littered with wife-concubine intrigues that often ended in murder.
Formal robe worn only once by the six year old Emperor Tongzhi on his inauguration – the day on which he assumed the throne – in 1862.
One of the rarest porcelains was made by Emperor Chenghua (r. 1465-1487) for his mother who loved small objects. Referred to as the "Chicken Cup", this delicate object, part of the Forbidden City collection in Beijing, is one of only two such cups in existence today.
Reserved for the emperor only, this throne was not made just for comfort, but was a symbol of the ruler's imperial and authoritative power.