Ancient Chinese Jades and Bronzes

November 20, 2010 – January 3, 2016

Freer Gallery of Art
Jefferson Drive and 12th Street, SW
Washington, DC

Galleries 18 & 19 Floor Plan

More than 100 of the Freer's jades and bronzes—among the greatest treasures of Chinese art outside China—return to public view after almost a decade. Featured are 80 astounding objects illustrating the remarkable jade production of the Liangzhu culture (ca. 3300-2250 BCE) and its influence on other Chinese Neolithic and Bronze Age civilizations. Also highlighted are powerful animal motifs and forms featured on some 40 ritual vessels, as well as fittings from the late Shang dynasty (ca. 1300-1050 BCE) to the early Western Zhou dynasty (ca. 1050-900 BCE).