Discover over 3000 years of Chinese history and culture through surviving artefacts, objects and texts.
China between 5000 and 1500 years ago is studied today through surviving artefacts, texts, and objects preserved in tombs as part of burial practices. Up to about 3000 years ago these objects were made mostly of hard stone (principally jade) and low-fired ceramic. For the next 1500 years the most important burial objects were made of bronze and later, of ceramics.
The earliest examples of writing in China relate to divination and genealogy, and are recorded on animal bones and bronze vessels. Later, literary and administrative texts were written on stone, bamboo, silk and paper. Writing had become an art form.
Objects may be temporarily removed from a gallery or have been replaced. Click into an individual object record to confirm whether or not an object is currently on display. Our object location data is usually updated on a weekly basis. Contact the Jameel Study Centre if you are planning to visit the museum to see a particular Eastern Art object.