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West of the Central Axis, the Hall of Martial Valor (武英殿, Wuying Dian) perfectly mirrors and complements the Hall of Literary Brilliance. It served multiple uses: a studio for a court painter and the Emperor’s quarters where he met with officials. Starting from the reign of Qing Dynasty Emperor Kangxi, the hall became the center for culture and academy. It was a publishing workshop where workers printed special “Hall Edition” books using carved wooden blocks. Now it celebrates another cultural legacy: pottery! Find the Ceramics Gallery chock full of fine china. Porcelain was a beloved export of the Ming Dynasty, reaching as far as Europe. It was made with ground clay and baked until slightly translucent. Detailed patterns were painted on by hand. Each painstaking step paid off because now each piece is a precious part of the exhibit.
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