Matthews Family Court of Chinese Sculpture | Level 1

 One of the ROM’s most inspiring spaces.  

Sculptures and sculptural art held a significant role in all aspects of Chinese historical life, and the representation of religious deities was a critical component of Chinese religious culture.  Walk amidst statues that span over 1,500 years of Chinese history. Powerful and serene, the individuality of each is a testament to the expertise and creativity of the artist. Stone, bronze, marble, ceramic and wood – all mediums are represented - providing a striking narrative of the stylistic development of Chinese sculpture through the ages.  

About the Gallery

What?

This gallery is comprised of approximately 75 objects, of which 14 are large free-standing pieces.  

Where?

China. 

When?

Over 2,000 years of Chinese sculptural tradition are represented, from approximately 200 BC to AD 1900.

ROM Staff

Kate Cooper

Assistant Curator - Pompeii (former Rebanks Research Fellow in Classical Archaeology)

Kay Sunahara in collections storage at the ROM

Greek, Etruscan, Roman & Byzantine Collections Technician

Authored by: Noman Siddiqui