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Portrait of Yinli, Prince Guo (1697-1738)

January 29, 2011

Orchids: A View from the East opens at the National Museum of Natural History. This exhibit is one of the annual orchid exhibits the Museum puts on display in cooperation with the Smithsonian Gardens and the U.S. Botanical Gardens.More

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