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36 Strategems for War. The most famous Chinese war theories used for thousands of years, made of hand carved jade, with silk mat and wood frame. Artifact reproduction framed in wood shadowbox. Create using treated squared popsicle sticks or polymer clay. Each stick is a complete idea/concept/word.

Stone carving is one of the oldest arts in China, its beginnings dating back to remote antiquity. View lustrous works in jade, turquoise, malachite, quartz, lapis lazuli, and more in “Colors of the Universe: Chinese Hardstone Carvings,” on view through March 8, 2015. | Vase in the Shape of a Bird,18th–19th century. Qing dynasty (1644–1911). China. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of Heber R. Bishop, 1902 (02.18.658a, b) #AsianArt100

Welcoming Spring. Unidentified Artist 14th–15th century. China. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Purchase, The Dillon Fund Gift, 1981 (1981.410) #spring

Lan Meng (ca. 1614–after 1671). Boating amid Snowy Streams and Mountains. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of John and Lili Bussel Family,1996 (1996.308)

Unidentified Artist Chinese, 14th–15th century. Sanyang kaitai, Welcoming Spring,15th century. Ming dynasty (1368–1644). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Purchase, The Dillon Fund Gift, 1981 (1981.410) | This work is featured in the “Chinese Textiles: Ten Centuries of Masterpieces from the Met Collection” exhibition, on view through June 19, 2016. #AsianArt100

Edward Molyneux (French, born England, 1891–1974). Evening dress (detail), 1924. White silk crepe embroidered with silver and blue synthetic beads and pearls. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of Mrs. C. O. Kalman, 1979 (1979.569.8a) | Photography © Platon #ChinaLookingGlass #AsianArt100

Shawl. Chinese, early 20th century. White silk crepe embroidered with polychrome silk thread. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of Mrs. Maxime L. Hermanos, 1968 (C.I.68.64.1) | Photography © Platon #ChinaLookingGlass #AsianArt100

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Stunning and sumptuous embroidery detail of Court suit Frockcoat, late 18th–early 19th century, French, silk, metallic thread, paste (c) Metropolitan Museum of Art.