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Chinese Bronzes (Shang and Chou)
Minneapolis Institute of Arts
"Few works of art are as remote or alien to western eyes as ancient Chinese bronzes. Nevertheless these beautiful ritual vessels constituted the mainstream of Chinese art for nearly 1500 years. Spanning both the Shang (1523-1028 B.C.) and Chou dynasties (1027-256 B.C.), these ceremonial utensils, often of unsurpassed technical refinement and varied decor, define the very essence of early Chinese art." A short introduction to ancient Chinese bronzes, with 33 related objects, all with descriptions.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.artsmia.org/art-of-asia/explore/explore-collection-chinese-bronzes.c...
Classical Civilization: The Bronze Age (1600-221 B.C.E.)
National Palace Museum
A brief introduction plus one-page guide to cultural production during China's bronze age. With 12 related objects.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.npm.gov.tw/exh95/bronze/index.html
The Magic of Kneaded Clay: A History of Chinese Ceramics
National Palace Museum
"This exhibition illustrates a history of development in Chinese ceramics based on the collection of the National Palace Museum. From the perspective of various glaze colors, it is possible to see how glazes evolved at different kilns and periods as well as how official models of decoration formed over time. The exhibition is divided into five sections: 'Pottery and Porcelain,' 'Neolithic Age to the Five Dynasties,' 'Song to Yuan Dynasties,' 'Ming Dynasty, and 'Qing Dynasty.'"

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.npm.gov.tw/exh99/ceramics/
The Mystery of Bronzes
National Palace Museum
Online presentation of an exhibition about the metal smelting and bronze casting technologies developed during the Shang and Chou (Zhou) dynasties. The EXPLORATION AND DISCOVERY section has a series of still images of interactive kiosks featured in the original exhibition, with general information about mining, smelting, and casting.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.npm.gov.tw/exh95/mbronzes/
The Neolithic Age: The Beginning of Civilization (pre-1600 B.C.E.)
National Palace Museum
A brief introduction plus one-page guide to cultural production during China's neolithic age. With 4 related objects (three jade and one pottery).

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.npm.gov.tw/exh95/begin/
Rituals Cast in Brilliance: Chinese Bronzes through the Ages
National Palace Museum
An in-depth look at Chinese bronzes. Topics include: 1) Ritual Objects from Shang Dynasty; 2) Clan Vessels and Weaponry during Shang and Zhou; 3) Ritual Objects from Zhou Dynasty; 4) Bronze Inscriptions from Western Zhou to the Spring and Autumn Period; 5) Ritual Vessels, Weapons, and Others during Eastern Zhou; 6) Bronzes from the Spring and Autumn to the Warring States Period; 7) Bronzes from Qin to Han; 8) Bronzes in the Frontier Style.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.npm.gov.tw/exh99/bronzes/index.html
Treasures from a Lost Civilization: Ancient Chinese Art from Sichuan
Seattle Art Museum
Online presentation of a 2001 exhibition at the Seattle Art Museum. Select Sanxingdui, Zhou, or Han at the top of the page for information about each, including a gallery of related objects and "Things to Consider" for each topic.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.seattleartmuseum.org/Exhibit/Archive/sichuan/default.htm
Treasures from a Lost Civilization: Ancient Chinese Art from Sichuan
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Online presentation of a 2002 exhibition that "presents the fascinating art and material culture of ancient Sichuan, in remote southwest China, uncovered by archaeology of the last 15 years. The 128 works of art on exhibit include monumental bronze images of deities, lively human figures, fantastic ritual vessels, exquisite jades, and spirited ceramic sculptures dating from the late phase of Sanxingdui culture (13th–11th century B.C.) to the Han dynasty (3rd century B.C.–3rd century A.D.). " With images of 10 related artifacts.

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