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Ewer with a handle

Ewer with a handle

Two Jars. At the beginning of the 20th century, the former collector of these jars, Francois Bourdrez (1901-1939), worked as a water engineer for the Chinese government. He drowned in 1939 while surveying the n... more

Ewer with a handle

Ewer with a handle

Two Jars. At the beginning of the 20th century, the former collector of these jars, Francois Bourdrez (1901-1939), worked as a water engineer for the Chinese government. He drowned in 1939 while surveying the n... more

Mask

Mask

The human face is only rarely found on ancient Chinese bronzes. This mask features large ears, bulging eyes, a huge nose, and an enormous open mouth clearly revealing teeth. It must have made a terrifying impre... more

Bowl
Rituele offerschaal

Rituele offerschaal

Ritual Cauldron, Tall Wine Cup, Tripod Wine Cup, and Wine Vessel. These four objects were used for libations of wine during ritual offerings. They are known as jia, gu, jue and yu. Ancient Chinese bronzes were ... more

Ritueel vat

Ritueel vat

Ritual Cauldron, Tall Wine Cup, Tripod Wine Cup, and Wine Vessel. These four objects were used for libations of wine during ritual offerings. They are known as jia, gu, jue and yu. Ancient Chinese bronzes were ... more

Rituele plengbeker

Rituele plengbeker

Ritual Cauldron, Tall Wine Cup, Tripod Wine Cup, and Wine Vessel. These four objects were used for libations of wine during ritual offerings. They are known as jia, gu, jue and yu. Ancient Chinese bronzes were ... more

Rituele wijnbeker

Rituele wijnbeker

Ritual Cauldron, Tall Wine Cup, Tripod Wine Cup, and Wine Vessel. These four objects were used for libations of wine during ritual offerings. They are known as jia, gu, jue and yu. Ancient Chinese bronzes were ... more

Tao uit China van Wang-mang (Sji-kwan-kwee), 9 na Chr -13 na Chr

Tao uit China van Wang-mang (Sji-kwan-kwee), 9 na Chr -13 na Chr

Messing munt in de vorm van een mes. Voorzijde: op ronde "heft"met vierkante doorboring twee tekens en op ""lemmet" vijf Chinese karakters. Keerzijde: op heft geen tekens, op lemmet vijf dezelfde Chinese karakt... more

Incense burner

Incense burner

This incense burner represents a mythical mountain where immortals roam. Such objects in the form of a mountain may have symbolized the entrance to the supernatural world, which the Han Chinese believed could b... more

Buddha Head

Buddha Head

The word buddha means ‘the enlightened one’ in Sanskrit. This head was originally part of a complete body. The marble is smooth and delicately carved, the facial features in particular are elegantly executed. W... more

Phoenix-head ewer, Tang sancai ware
Incense holder

Incense holder

Een standaard van steengoed met zes houders voor wierook, gedeeltelijk bedekt met een grijsgroen glazuur. Boven de voet een schaalvorm met in het centrum een poot met aan de bovenzijde een platte, ringvormige v... more

Two guardian figures

Two guardian figures

These two figures once served as guardians to the entrance of the burial chamber of a Chinese tomb. Their decoration with coloured glazes was particularly costly and reveals the high status of the deceased. The... more

Two guardian figures

Two guardian figures

These two figures once served as guardians to the entrance of the burial chamber of a Chinese tomb. Their decoration with coloured glazes was particularly costly and reveals the high status of the deceased. The... more

A bodhisattva

A bodhisattva

During the Tang dynasty the route to India attracted many travellers, including Chinese Buddhist monks on pilgrimages to the region where the Buddha had once preached. Near this route were the caves of Mount Ti... more

Tomb figures of horses and camels

Tomb figures of horses and camels

These figures were once painted and equipped with reins and bridles of wood and fabric or leather. They were placed in tombs, to accompany the deceased in the afterlife. From the riders’ headgear and faces, it ... more

Tomb figures of horses and camels

Tomb figures of horses and camels

These figures were once painted and equipped with reins and bridles of wood and fabric or leather. They were placed in tombs, to accompany the deceased in the afterlife. From the riders’ headgear and faces, it ... more

Tomb figures of horses and camels

Tomb figures of horses and camels

These figures were once painted and equipped with reins and bridles of wood and fabric or leather. They were placed in tombs, to accompany the deceased in the afterlife. From the riders’ headgear and faces, it ... more

Tomb figures of horses and camels

Tomb figures of horses and camels

These figures were once painted and equipped with reins and bridles of wood and fabric or leather. They were placed in tombs, to accompany the deceased in the afterlife. From the riders’ headgear and faces, it ... more

Tomb figures of horses and camels

Tomb figures of horses and camels

These figures were once painted and equipped with reins and bridles of wood and fabric or leather. They were placed in tombs, to accompany the deceased in the afterlife. From the riders’ headgear and faces, it ... more

Tomb figures of horses and camels

Tomb figures of horses and camels

These figures were once painted and equipped with reins and bridles of wood and fabric or leather. They were placed in tombs, to accompany the deceased in the afterlife. From the riders’ headgear and faces, it ... more

Panel with Chinese Zodiac

Panel with Chinese Zodiac

Tang dynasty (618–907)

Box and cup

Box and cup

Silverware from the late Tang period is one of the most refined productions of Chinese applied art. The craftsmanship is unparalleled: every dot was individually punched into the surface. Here, flower sprays an... more

Box and cup

Box and cup

Silverware from the late Tang period is one of the most refined productions of Chinese applied art. The craftsmanship is unparalleled: every dot was individually punched into the surface. Here, flower sprays an... more

Dish fragment with a yellow, green and brown glaze

Dish fragment with a yellow, green and brown glaze

Fragment van de bodem van een schotel van zachte romige aarde met gevlamd geel, groen en bruin glazuur. Ingekraste decoratie. Navolging van Chinese keramiek.

Teabowl with three panels with characters

Teabowl with three panels with characters

Theekom van steengoed, gedeeltelijk bedekt met een bruin glazuur met aan de buitenzijde crèmekleurige vlekken (tortoiseshell). Op de binnenwand drie uitgespaarde cartouches met in elk vier Chinese karakters. Jizhou.

Bodhisattva

Bodhisattva

Northern Song (960–1127)–Jin (1115–1234) dynasty

Shallow dish, Jun ware

Shallow dish, Jun ware

Chinese , Northern Song Dynasty

Flower-shaped Dish

Flower-shaped Dish

The white porcelain is covered with a transparent glaze of a vivid blue-green hue. Chinese experts called this colour ‘bluish-white’ (qingbai) or ‘shadow-blue’ (yingqing). These are descriptive terms for a grou... more

Coin

Coin

Iran, Qasr-i Abu Nasr Sung Dynasty

Dish on three legs

Dish on three legs

Schaal (wierookbrander?) van kwarts-fritgoed op drie gemodelleerde poten bedekt met alkaliglazuur. Imitatie naar Chinees voorbeeld.

Bowl

Bowl

Kom van aardewerk (kwarts-fritgoed) met een rechte, uitlopende wand en viermaal gelobde rand, gedeeltelijk bedekt met een transparant glazuur met een lichtblauwe tint. Het onderste deel van de kom is ongeglazuu... more

Small bowl, Jun ware

Small bowl, Jun ware

Chinese , Jin/Yuan Dynasty

Plate
Miniature incense burner, Jun ware

Miniature incense burner, Jun ware

Chinese , Jin/Yuan Dynasty

Plate, Jun ware

Plate, Jun ware

Chinese , Jin/Yuan Dynasty

Plate

Plate

Chinese , Jin Dynasty

Hua yi tu.

Hua yi tu.

Stone rubbing dated 1903? Original stone was engraved in Fuchang 7 nian, i.e. 1136 A.D. The stone is now in the Forest of Stone Steles Museum in Xi'an, China. Covers China in Nan Song Dynasty, from east to the ... more

Yu ji tu.
Yu ji tu.

Yu ji tu.

Stone rubbing dated 1903? One of the earliest stone maps, it consists of 5,110 grids, each grid is approximately 100 li. Original stone was engraved in Fuchang 7 nian, i.e. 1136 A.D. The stone is now in the For... more

Hua yi tu.

Hua yi tu.

Scale not given. Stone rubbing dated 1933? Original stone was engraved in Fuchang 7 nian, i.e. 1136 A.D. The stone is now in the Forest of Stone Steles Museum in Xi'an, China. Covers China in Nan Song Dynasty,... more

Hua yi tu

Hua yi tu

Stone rubbing dated 1903? Original stone was engraved in Fuchang 7 nian, i.e. 1136 A.D. The stone is now in the Forest of Stone Steles Museum in Xi'an, China. Covers China in Nan Song Dynasty, from east to the ... more

Bowl

Bowl

Iranian potters admired the porcelain imported from China. From the 12th century they began using a new material, quartz paste fritware: white clay ground with fine quartz and glass powder. It allowed them to t... more

Two-eared jar, Jun ware

Two-eared jar, Jun ware

Chinese , Jin/Yuan Dynasty

Jar, Jun ware

Jar, Jun ware

Chinese , Jin/Yuan Dynasty

Foliate-rim plate, Jun ware

Foliate-rim plate, Jun ware

Chinese , Jin/Yuan Dynasty

Bulb bowl, Numbered Jun ware

Bulb bowl, Numbered Jun ware

Chinese , late Yuan to early Ming Dynasties

Miniature incense burner, Jun ware

Miniature incense burner, Jun ware

Chinese , Jin/Yuan Dynasty

Plate, Jun ware

Plate, Jun ware

Chinese , Yuan Dynasty

Deep bowl
Deep bowl, Jun ware

Deep bowl, Jun ware

Chinese , Jin/Yuan Dynasty

Deep bowl, Jun ware

Deep bowl, Jun ware

Chinese , Yuan Dynasty

Small bowl, Jun ware

Small bowl, Jun ware

Chinese , Yuan Dynasty

Deep bowl

Deep bowl

Chinese , Jin/Yuan Dynasty

Deep bowl, Jun ware

Deep bowl, Jun ware

Chinese , Jin/Yuan Dynasty

Sutra box

Sutra box

In the late 13th century the rulers of Korea started a project to make boxes for sutras, or Buddhist texts. Only a few of these boxes have survived, all decorated with a dense pattern of leafwork, inlaid with s... more

Two-eared jar, Jun ware

Two-eared jar, Jun ware

Chinese , Jin/Yuan Dynasty

Deep bowl, Jun ware

Deep bowl, Jun ware

Chinese , Jin/Yuan Dynasty

Fragment oosterse zijdedamast

Fragment oosterse zijdedamast

Een fragment van een stof, grijs groen op okergeel, op damast manier geweven, vertoont een decor van takjes en bladen die spits ovale velden vormen, waarbinnen palmetachtige bloemen, waarin telkens Chinees lett... more

Wine jar (Guan), Cizhou ware

Wine jar (Guan), Cizhou ware

Chinese , Yuan Dynasty

Pingjiang tu.

Pingjiang tu.

Stone rubbing dated between 1858 and 1869. One of the earliest and biggest stone rubbing maps in China. Original stone was engraved in 1229 under Li Shoupeng. The map is now in the Museum of Engraved Stone Tabl... more