The world-renowned Shanghai Museum, a museum of ancient Chinese art, was established in 1952 at the West Nanjing Road in what was once the club of the Shanghai horse race course. In 1959, it moved to 16 Henan South Road. In 1990, it moved once more to its present and arguably most appropriate location in the People's Square. With a collection of over 120,000 pieces of cultural relics, the museum is especially famous for its treasures of bronzes, ceramics, paintings, and calligraphy.
Gallery of Arts and Crafts by Chinese Minority. The pieces displayed here include dress and personal adornment, dyed and woven embroidery, metal art ware, sculpture, ceramics, and bamboo wares used by the minority. The different styles, remarkable color, and creative conception symbolize the pursuit of a happier life.
Gallery of Ancient Chinese Jades. Originally used on ceremonial occasions, the quality of jade ware deteriorated after the Donghan Ages. In the Tang and Song dynasties, jade was used more commonly in daily life.
Gallery of Chinese Furniture in Ming and Qing Dynasty. Furniture made during the Ming Dynasty is famous for simple modeling, gracious line, and well-balanced scale, while furniture made during the Qing Dynasty is noted for extravagant material and splendid decoration.
used by distinguished visitors
Ming room arrangement
(note the folding chair as the place of honor)
Qing table arrangement
Qing chair and screen
Qing crane ornament
carved Qing panel
miniature models showing the
(household furniture at the rear)
Gallery of Ancient Chinese Bronze
(from the Xia Dynasty, 21st century B.C. to 221 B.C.).
old Chinese bell design
single and double rank bell ensembles
Gallery of Ancient Chinese Sculpture
man on horseback
man on Bactrian camel
Buddhist altar piece
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