Mrs. Stephanie Braun: Strange Machines from the West: European Curiosities at the Qing Imperial Courts, 1650-1800

Braun_seminarDate: 22 October 2008
Time: 5:00pm
Venue: Room 238 Main Building

The seminar explores the material culture of European scientific instruments and mechanical ‘toys’ across the reigns of the Kangxi, Yongzheng, and Qianlong emperors. Understanding the motivations behind collecting curious objects from the West such as astronomical instruments, elaborate clocks and watches or complex musical automata increases our understanding of the relationship between China and Europe at a time of closer mutual interest and interaction … (Please click on the image to read more)