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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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The Freer|Sackler is closed for renovation and reinstallation. The popular exhibition Turquoise Mountain: Artists Transforming Afghanistan is still on view in the International Gallery. (Enter through the Ripley Center.) Join us for our reopening celebration on October 14–15, 2017.