Matthews Family Court of Chinese Sculpture | Level 1

  • Walk amongst statues that span over 1,500 years of Chinese history.
  • A green glazed ceramic Yizhou Luohan statue from the 10th century sits serenely at the gallery's entrance.
  • Smaller works complement the larger works.
  • Three-metre tall 6th century marble standing Buddha.
  • The bronze Vairocana Buddha sits majestically in the Samuel Hall Currelly Gallery.

 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


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




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

ROM Staff

Dr. Clemens Reichel

Associate Curator

Sascha Priewe

Managing Director - Culture Centres (Ancient Cultures, World Art & Culture, Textiles & Fashions)

Authored by: Noman Siddiqui