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Mask, Bronze, Chinese Collection Rijksmuseum.

Mask, Bronze, Chinese Collection Rijksmuseum.

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

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

Censer with elephant-shaped handles
Rituele offerschaal, Bronze, Chinese Collection Rijksmuseum.

Rituele offerschaal, Bronze, Chinese Collection Rijksmuseum.

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, Bronze, Chinese Collection Rijksmuseum.

Ritueel vat, Bronze, Chinese Collection Rijksmuseum.

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, Bronze, Chinese Collection Rijksmuseum.

Rituele plengbeker, Bronze, Chinese Collection Rijksmuseum.

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

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

Rituele wijnbeker, Bronze, Chinese Collection Rijksmuseum.

Rituele wijnbeker, Bronze, Chinese Collection Rijksmuseum.

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

Incense burner, Chinese Ceramics, Rijksmuseum.

Incense burner, Chinese Ceramics, Rijksmuseum.

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

Chinese Chinese Fan

Chinese Chinese Fan

Made in China

Inkstone in the Shape of the Chinese Character "Wind" (Feng)

Inkstone in the Shape of the Chinese Character "Wind" (Feng)

Accession Number: 1994.451 Song dynasty (960–1279)

Chinese Chinese Piece
Chinese Chinese Piece
Chinese Chinese Dressing Glass
Chinese Chinese Piece
Chinese Chinese Piece
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
Two guardian figures, Chinese Ceramics, Rijksmuseum.

Two guardian figures, Chinese Ceramics, Rijksmuseum.

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

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, Chinese Ceramics, Rijksmuseum.

Two guardian figures, Chinese Ceramics, Rijksmuseum.

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

Chinese Panel with Chinese Zodiac

Chinese 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, Northern Song Jin Dynasty

Bodhisattva, Northern Song Jin Dynasty

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

Chinese Shallow dish, Jun ware

Chinese Shallow dish, Jun ware

Chinese , Northern Song Dynasty

Chinese Coin, 11th century

Chinese Coin, 11th century

Iran, Qasr-i Abu Nasr Sung Dynasty

Yu ji tu. Historic map, Library of Congress

Yu ji tu. Historic map, Library of Congress

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

Dish on three legs

Dish on three legs

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