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

Kay Sunahara in collection storage examining fragments of Roman scale mail armour from Dura Europos, Syria

Greek, Etruscan, Roman & Byzantine Collection Technician

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New World Archaeology Technician

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