Ming vases have been long regarded as the epitome of priceless beauty. Exploring the grandeur of the last native Chinese dynasty (1368-1644), "Power and Glory" demonstrates why not just vases but Ming art of many types has earned such acclaim. The book catalogues an exhibition presented at the Asian Art Museum, the Indianapolis Museum of Art and the St. Louis Museum of Art in 2008 and 2009. The exhibition gathered rare objects from China's prestigious Palace Museum (Forbidden City) in Beijing, the Nanjing Municipal Museum, and the Shanghai Museum. More than 200 objects in a variety of materials - porcelain, paintings, textiles, lacquer, jade, jewelry, architectural elements, etc. - are discussed in detailed entries. Essays by authors Michael Knight and He Li, and a special contribution on Ming painting from Richard Vinograd (Stanford University), provide background, context, and interpretation. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.