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Crystal Ball [Object of the Day #102]


By: Gabrielle Niu

Seated on top of a stand shaped like a frothing wave, 24.5 cm in diameter, the Crystal Ballcentered under the vaulted ceiling of the Chinese rotunda has an exciting and mysterious past. The fifty-five pounds of transparent quartz crystal is supposedly from the imperial collections of the infamous Qing dynasty Empress, Cixi (1835 – 1908). […]

If this doesn’t help you get through Wednesday, there’s not much more that I can do.

By: Maureen Callahan

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