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The centre of Amsterdam... has been 'occupied' by the Empire of the Great Ming.

In the Nieuwe Kerk of Amsterdam's centre Ming Emperors who was ruled ancient China for 276 years
 ( 1368-1644 ), merchants and artists from the same period presented their power, orderly government, stability, history and art from 5 October 2013 until  2 february 2014.
(Text/Photography by Tzina-Mersina Alimpoutaki-Joustra.
All rights reserved.)
The Nieuwe Kerk ( New Church) in 'Damplein' in Amsterdam.

The Empire of the Great Ming that was increased and reestablished the power of the ruling Chinese house had the name Ming which means brilliant because of its great expansion in economy, art and culture.
The exhibition introduces that amazing world of wealthy, luxury and power through a selection of the finest masterpieces from one of the biggest museum in China the Nanjing Museum.
Painting by the Chinese Ming Dynasty artist Chen Hongshou (1958-1652), late Ming Dynasty. (Wikipedia.)
Ming Dynasty 1467. Artist: Chen Zhou. Title: Lofty Mount Lu. Current location: National Palace Museum established in Taipei in 1965.( Wikipedia).

                                                      The Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam.

The Nieuwe Kerk has presented exhibitions on countries and people for more than 30 years.
The current presentation of the Chinese Ming Dynasty which includes the celebrated Ming porcelain as well as the famous ' Dutch' Ming porcelain from the 'Gemeentemuseum Den Haag' depicted the time when China was turned into a strong economy. Economically the Ming Dynasty was a period of feudal society ready to show its capacities in growth.From the early period the handicraft industry in the southern parts of the country developed especially in the porcelain artworks of fine quality.
                  Part of presented collection in 'Ming' exhibition in Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam.
                    Right: Vase with peacocks and peonies, blue and white porcelain(1436-1439).
                    Left: Cicada on a leaf,gold, jade( 1449- 1457).
             Ming Dynasty.Porcelain cups of tea from the reignof the Tianqi Emperor 1620-1627.
             (English Wikipedia.)
                                                The 'Damplein' in Amsterdam from the past...
                                         The Nieuwe Kerk in Damplein (Dam square) today..
Ming Dynasty is a long period of changes, prosperity and artistic beauty at the same time when Europe was largely still in the ' Dark Ages' in the 14th century. China's civilization soared to grate heights and its population grew from 65 to 150 million within 200 years. China was ready for great changes through new markets. The Chinese went in search and built a lot of merchant ships that were capable of sailing and traveling to exotic regions from Southeast Asia through India to Africa. The popularity of Ming porcelain or  
'white gold ' as it was called took hold worldwide and so its art developed to satisfy a growing market and the life of the people.
Between 1368 and 1644 a line of sixteen Ming Emperors made the country, historically an agrarian class society which undergo a big economic progress. That also had as result that more Chinese people could afford to imitate the life style of emperors and to enjoy luxury things in every days life. China became a consumer society.

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