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Ancient Chinese Jades & Bronzes

Freer Gallery of Art

The Chinese jades exhibition is temporarily closed. We appreciate your understanding and apologize for any inconvenience.

More than one hundred of the Freer's jades and bronzes—among the greatest treasures of Chinese art outside China—return to public view after almost a decade. Featured in these reinstalled galleries are eighty astounding objects illustrating the remarkable jade production of the Liangzhu culture (ca. 3300–2250 BCE) and its influence on other Chinese Neolithic and Bronze Age civilizations. Also highlighted are powerful animal motifs and forms featured on some forty ritual vessels, as well as fittings from the late Shang dynasty (ca. 1300–1050 BCE) and early Western Zhou dynasty (ca. 1050–900 BCE).


Right: Hafted axe with dragons; Bronze, turquoise, and jade (nephrite); F1940.10a-d.
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As renovation work continues in the Freer Gallery, the Sackler Gallery also will close on July 10, 2017. This museum-wide closure will allow us to completely reinstall our exhibitions and revitalize features to improve your visit. Both spaces will reopen on October 14, 2017, when we will welcome the public back to the Freer|Sackler: two galleries, one destination. For your safety, all visitors will have their bags checked. See the complete list of restricted items and bag sizes.