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Eastern Art Online, Yousef Jameel Centre for Islamic and Asian Art

Ashmolean − Eastern Art Online, Yousef Jameel Centre for Islamic and Asian Art

Room 10 | China 3000 BC-AD 800 gallery

Discover over 3000 years of Chinese history and culture through surviving artefacts, objects and texts.

China 3000 BC - AD 800 gallery

Han Dynasty

The First Emperor's shortlived Qin dynasty (221-206 BC), under which China became a unified state, was followed by the Han dynasty (206 BC-AD 220). The Han rulers established an elaborate and far-reaching system of administration that extended to the manufacture of goods in state workshops with hierarchies of craftsmen and inspectors. Han pictorial art on bronzes, ceramics, lacquers and stone carvings depicts both historical figures and the supernatural. Changes in belief resulted in burials that included models of animals, buildings, and everyday utensils as well as ritual or ceremonial objects.

Basin with animals and birds (EA1956.888) Basin with animals and birds (EA1956.888)   Three-legged basin, or lian, with tigers and mountains in relief (EA1956.3100) Three-legged basin, or lian, with tigers and mountains in relief (EA1956.3100)
Boshanlu, or hill censer (EA1956.900) Boshanlu, or hill censer (EA1956.900)   Boshanlu, or hill censer, surmounted by a bird (EA1956.901) Boshanlu, or hill censer, surmounted by a bird (EA1956.901)
Finial ornament in the form of a dove (EA1986.10) Finial ornament in the form of a dove (EA1986.10)   Stove model with pots and ear-cups (EA1956.913) Stove model with pots and ear-cups (EA1956.913)
Greenware wine vessel, or hu, with serpent-like decoration (EA1956.926) Greenware wine vessel, or hu, with serpent-like decoration (EA1956.926)   Ritual wine vessel, or hu (EA1956.909) Ritual wine vessel, or hu (EA1956.909)
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