Asian Gallery (Toyokan) Room 5
August 30, 2016 (Tue) - February 26, 2017 (Sun)
The Shanghai Museum s Chinese bronze ware collection is the finest in both quality and quantity. In this exhibit, ten from the collection makes a dream encounter with bronzes from the Tokyo National Museum.
The gong wine vessel in the shape of a beast is from the Yin dynasty, more than 3,000 years ago. Very few of these artifacts have been excavated which makes this work exceptionally important. The qi niu chu bei qi (vessel for seashell storage with seven heads of cattle), tells the culture that flourished in Yunnan Province in southwestern China 2,000 years ago.
The artifacts represent the depth and breadth of China's bronze culture through the different motifs and forms.