This exhibition at the Hong Kong Museum of Art, in collaboration with the owner of the famed Huaihaitang Collection, marks the 500th anniversary of the Jiajing Emperor, Zhu Houcong’s (1507–1567) ascension to the throne. The imperial porcelain designs during his reign were greatly influenced by his Daoist belief. The forms and patterns of these wares reflected the hopes and wishes of the Jiajing Emperor and mirrored the predicaments and uncertainties of reality at the time. This exhibition aims to shed light on the struggles and aspirations of this legendary Ming emperor by featuring artefacts that have survived for five centuries from the era.