Collections: Chinese

With more than thirteen thousand objects dating from Neolithic times (ca. 7000–ca. 2000 BCE) to the present, the Freer and Sackler boast among the finest museum collections of Chinese art. In addition to containing numerous masterworks, the collections powerfully reflect all major dynastic periods and materials of artistic production. Uncommon concentrations of special categories include artifacts acquired with the Singer collection, imperial and trade ceramics, lacquer, traditional paintings, portraits, and calligraphy. And our remarkable ancient jades and bronzes are among the greatest treasures of Chinese art outside China.

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detail of 4 jade bis from the F|S collection
Online Catalogue

Jades for Life and Death

Walking by a Mountain Stream, F1911.163o

Painting with Words

Horse and Groom, after Li Gonglin

Song & Yuan Calligraphy & Painting


Chinese Calligraphy


A New World of Sound

The Qianlong Emperor as Manjushri, the Bodhisattva of Wisdom, F2000.4

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