• Archaic Carved Bone Tiger

    Early Chinese art from private collections

    This exhibition features a range of early jades, bone carvings, archaic bronzes and inlaid metalwork. The objects range in date from the Neolithic period to the Han Dynasty (206 BC - 220 AD) and many have passed through the hands of renowned collectors such as Luo Zhenyu, Pan Zuyin, Alexandre J. Argyropoulos, Edward T. Chow and Adolphe Stoclet

    Archaic Carved Bone Tiger

    Length: 11.1cm

    Late Shang dynasty, 11th century BC

    With its coiled tail and long muzzle, this bone carving of a tiger was probably used as an amulet or talisman, protecting its wearer from harm and danger.
     
  • Archaic Jade Notched Disc

    Early Chinese art from private collections

    This exhibition features a range of early jades, bone carvings, archaic bronzes and inlaid metalwork. The objects range in date from the Neolithic period to the Han Dynasty (206 BC - 220 AD) and many have passed through the hands of renowned collectors such as Luo Zhenyu, Pan Zuyin, Alexandre J. Argyropoulos, Edward T. Chow and Adolphe Stoclet

    Archaic Jade Notched Disc

    Diameter: 33.0cm

    Late Neolithic period – Shang period, 2000 - 1500 BC

    Notched discs are a rare category amongst Chinese Neolithic and Shang jades and this particular example is notable for its extremely large size and softly polished surface.
     
  • Jade Standing Figure

    Early Chinese art from private collections

    This exhibition features a range of early jades, bone carvings, archaic bronzes and inlaid metalwork. The objects range in date from the Neolithic period to the Han Dynasty (206 BC - 220 AD) and many have passed through the hands of renowned collectors such as Luo Zhenyu, Pan Zuyin, Alexandre J. Argyropoulos, Edward T. Chow and Adolphe Stoclet

    Jade Standing Figure

    Height: 5.9cm

    Tang period, 618 - 907

    Wearing an unusual headdress that is bound at the forehead and secured with ribbons at the back, this jade figure clearly represents a non-Chinese, possibly a Tocharian from Central Asia, reflecting the cosmopolitan nature of society during the Tang period. 
     
  • Archaic Bronze Wine Vessel and Cover (you)

    Early Chinese art from private collections

    This exhibition features a range of early jades, bone carvings, archaic bronzes and inlaid metalwork. The objects range in date from the Neolithic period to the Han Dynasty (206 BC - 220 AD) and many have passed through the hands of renowned collectors such as Luo Zhenyu, Pan Zuyin, Alexandre J. Argyropoulos, Edward T. Chow and Adolphe Stoclet

    Archaic Bronze Wine Vessel and Cover (you)

    Height (to top of knop): 27.4cm Weight (without handle): 3.80kg

    Shang or Early Western Zhou period, 11th century BC

    A remarkable example of an early bronze ritual wine vessel, you, and cover, this piece is first recorded in the nineteenth century in the collection of a famous  Chinese connoisseur of ancient bronzes.
     
  • Archaic Bronze Wine Vessel (zun)

    Early Chinese art from private collections

    This exhibition features a range of early jades, bone carvings, archaic bronzes and inlaid metalwork. The objects range in date from the Neolithic period to the Han Dynasty (206 BC - 220 AD) and many have passed through the hands of renowned collectors such as Luo Zhenyu, Pan Zuyin, Alexandre J. Argyropoulos, Edward T. Chow and Adolphe Stoclet

    Archaic Bronze Wine Vessel (zun)

    Height: 25.0cm Weight: 2.75kg

    Early Western Zhou period, 11th - 10th century BC

    This imposing early bronze ritual wine vessel, zun, cast with birds and animal masks, has passed through the hands of several illustrious collectors and is recorded from the second half of the nineteenth century. It bears an inscription with the name of the person who ordered it to be cast, in honour of his mother.
     
  • Bronze and Gold Sword

    Early Chinese art from private collections

    This exhibition features a range of early jades, bone carvings, archaic bronzes and inlaid metalwork. The objects range in date from the Neolithic period to the Han Dynasty (206 BC - 220 AD) and many have passed through the hands of renowned collectors such as Luo Zhenyu, Pan Zuyin, Alexandre J. Argyropoulos, Edward T. Chow and Adolphe Stoclet

    Bronze and Gold Sword

    Length: 45.0cm

    Eastern Zhou period, 4th - 3rd century BC

    During the Eastern Zhou period, bronze weapons technology reached new heights in China, with some of the finest swords being produced in Southern China in the states of Wu and Yue. This bronze example, lavishly inlaid in gold, was probably intended for ceremonial or display purposes.
    • Bronze, Gold, Silver and Turquoise Garment-hook
    • Bronze, Gold, Silver and Turquoise Garment-hook
    • Bronze, Gold, Silver and Turquoise Garment-hook
    Bronze, Gold, Silver and Turquoise Garment-hook

    Early Chinese art from private collections

    This exhibition features a range of early jades, bone carvings, archaic bronzes and inlaid metalwork. The objects range in date from the Neolithic period to the Han Dynasty (206 BC - 220 AD) and many have passed through the hands of renowned collectors such as Luo Zhenyu, Pan Zuyin, Alexandre J. Argyropoulos, Edward T. Chow and Adolphe Stoclet

    Bronze, Gold, Silver and Turquoise Garment-hook

    Length: 15.1cm

    Late Eastern Zhou to early Western Han period, 3rd - 2nd century BC

    This bronze garment-hook, richly embellished with gold, silver and turquoise inlay, would have been a luxury item and a signifier of status when worn.
     
  • Gilt-bronze Dragon Head Terminal

    Early Chinese art from private collections

    This exhibition features a range of early jades, bone carvings, archaic bronzes and inlaid metalwork. The objects range in date from the Neolithic period to the Han Dynasty (206 BC - 220 AD) and many have passed through the hands of renowned collectors such as Luo Zhenyu, Pan Zuyin, Alexandre J. Argyropoulos, Edward T. Chow and Adolphe Stoclet

    Gilt-bronze Dragon Head Terminal

    Length: 24.5cm

    Western Han period, 206 BC - 9 AD

    Made of cast bronze and gilded, this magnificent dragon-head finial, probably a fitting for the end of a chariot shaft, embodies a strength and vitality commensurate with the animal’s position in Chinese culture and cosmology.
  • Gilt-bronze, Agate and Turquoise Bear

    Early Chinese art from private collections

    This exhibition features a range of early jades, bone carvings, archaic bronzes and inlaid metalwork. The objects range in date from the Neolithic period to the Han Dynasty (206 BC - 220 AD) and many have passed through the hands of renowned collectors such as Luo Zhenyu, Pan Zuyin, Alexandre J. Argyropoulos, Edward T. Chow and Adolphe Stoclet

    Gilt-bronze, Agate and Turquoise Bear

    Height: 10.6cm

    Han period, 206 BC - 220 AD

    Bears were revered in China for their strength and protective powers, and as such, were the natural choice as supports, for instance as the feet of vessels, trays and even at the bases of pillars.