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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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We are excited to reopen the Freer in October 2017, following a renovation to allow us to better present our art and serve our visitors. The Sackler remains open, with a full lineup of exhibitions and events both in the museum and around DC. For your safety, all visitors will have their bags checked. See the complete list of restricted items and bag sizes.