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Published Oct. 1, 2005

From monumental landscape paintings to household objects, about 3,000 years of Chinese culture are on display at the National Gallery of Art in Washington. Most of the 450 pieces in "Splendors of Imperial China: Treasures from the National Palace Museum, Taipei," were the personal holdings of the emperor Ch'ien-lung, who reigned from 1736-95. Shown above is a pair of chicken cups from the Ming Dynasty. At right is a kitten on silk. The show continues until April 6; for information, call (202) 327-4215.