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Jade mortuary tablets announcing the ancestral name for the late Qianlong emperor
CBL C 1015
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Masterpiece

These jade mortuary tablets, used in the elaborate death rituals for the late Qianlong emperor, conferred an ancestral name on the deceased. The text would have been composed following the emperor’s death, in the Qing rulers’ native but, by this date, little-used language, Manchu.

History of the Object
Although books of jade are recorded in China as far back as the Tang dynasty, most existant examples were made at the command of Qing emperors, notably the Qianlong emperor.

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Type
Documents 
Materials
Jade (nephrite), engraved and gilded 
Measurements
Depth: 0,5 cm. 
Creator name
Qing court workshop 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
China 
Geography
China 
Time period
AD 18th century ~ AD 18th century 
Creation date
Late 18th Century; c. 1795-96 
Function
Jade mortuary tablets announcing the ancestral name for the late Qianlong Emperor  
Acquisition
Purchased privately 
Copyright
(c) Trustees of the Chester Beatty Library 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
The Chester Beatty Library  
Museum
The Chester Beatty Library 
Credit line
Trustees of the Chester Beatty Library 

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