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    Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor

    In 1974, a farmer in China was digging a well when he struck upon fragments of terracotta. Unbeknownst to him, the farmer had uncovered one of the most monumental achievements in human history. Buried beneath the surface of the land were thousands of life-sized statues, constructed over 2,000 years ago—silently and steadfastly guarding the tomb […]

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    Mysterious Colors—Yue Ware Celedons of the 10th Century

    The Palace Museum in Beijing is hosting a special exhibition of “Mysterious-color Porcelain (秘色瓷)”, a term coined in the late Tang dynasty to refer to Yue ware celedons of the highest quality at the time. Mysterious-color porcelain was only produced for a relatively short period of time, mainly in the late Tang dynasty (618–907) and […]

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    Four Monks of the Early Qing Dynasty at the Palace Museum, Beijing

    The Palace Museum in Beijing is hosting a special exhibition of the calligraphy and paintings of the Four Monks, which refer to Zhu Da, Shitao, Hongren, and Kuncan of the early Qing dynasty. They became monks because they could not bare the fall of the Ming dynasty and the reign of the Manchus. The Four Monks expressed […]

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    Age of Empires: Chinese Art of the Qin and Han Dynasties

    A new exhibition of ancient Chinese art opened earlier this week at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Featuring more than 160 objects from the Qin and Han Dynasties (221 BC–AD 220), this major international loan exhibition explores the unprecedented role of art in creating a new and lasting Chinese cultural identity. Synthesizing […]

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    Tomb Treasures: New Discoveries from China’s Han Dynasty

    A new exhibition just opened at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco. Tomb Treasures: New Discoveries from China’s Han Dynasty display 160 artifacts discovered in recent archaeological digs of Han dynasty tombs. One of the most powerful civilizations of the ancient world, China’s Han dynasty (206 BC–AD 220) achieved profound cultural and artistic influence, technological advancements […]

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    Great Fortune for the Year of the Rooster

    The Lunar New Year of 2017 is on January 28. This year corresponds to “dingyou (丁酉)” in the traditional Chinese calendar and the rooster in the Chinese zodiac, making it the “Year of the Rooster.” In the Chinese language, the character for “chicken” is “ji (雞),” a homonym for “fortune (吉).” The first Chinese character […]

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    Highlights of Calligraphy and Paintings from the 2016 Autumn Auctions

    As we approach the end of 2016, let’s take a look at some calligraphy and paintings from this year’s autumn auctions. This year’s autumn auctions presented a good combination of ancient and modern artworks. There were some brilliant paintings by masters of the Yuan, Ming, and Qing periods, such as Wu Zhen, Wen Zhengming, Tang […]

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    Emperors’ Treasures Travel to Houston Museum of Fine Arts

    Following a successful exhibition at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, Emperors’ Treasures have traveled to the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. The masterpieces from the National Palace Museum in Taipei highlight the artistic and cultural contributions of imperial rulers in China, from the Song dynasty to the Qing dynasty. More than 160 works […]

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