One Man's Search for Ancient China: The Paul Singer Collection

January 19, 2013 – July 7, 2013

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
1050 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC

Sublevel 1 Floor Plan

Collector and scholar Paul Singer (1904-1997) once packed 5,000 objects into his small apartment. Singer's bequest to the Sackler Gallery created one of the largest and most signficant Chinese archaeological collections in the US. In this exhibition, landmark archaeological discoveries shed new light on his acquisitions and on life in ancient China. Highlights include an early bronze plaque with exquisite turquoise inlay; jade and stone objects that closely resemble those found in the tomb of the royal consort Fu Hao dating to the 13th century BCE; 2,000-year-old human hair pieces; and rare and amusing figurines and miniature vessels.