Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Gallery of China | Level 1

  • Approximately 2,500 exceptional objects represent one of the ROM's core collections.
    Approximately 2,500 exceptional objects represent one of the ROM's core collections. Trace the history of China through priceless objects ranging from beautifully painted Prehistoric ceramic jars to elaborate 18th Century furniture.
  • Inside the T.T. Tsui Exhibit of Prehistory and Bronze Age.
    The transition from early hunting and gathering to sedentary farming and the themes of daily life illustrate China's prehistoric and Bronze Age periods in the T.T. Tsui Exhibit of Prehistory and Bronze Age.
  • Follow the unification of China's many independent states and the spread of Han culture.
    Follow the unification of China's many independent states and the spread of Han culture with thematic displays including burial figures (shown above), status and luxury, farming, and household items.
  • Mounted Burial Figure (earthenware, glaze), Tang Dynasty (end of 7th to first quarter 8th century AD).
    Political and economic divisions dominated China from the 3rd to the 6th centuries, resulting in rich cultural diversification. Tang rule brought the Golden Age of Chinese culture. Exceptional objects from these periods highlight the Michael C.K. Lo Exhibition of North, South, Sui and Tang.
  • Detail of Lacquer Box (lacquered wood), Qianlong period, Qing Dynasty, China, 1736 - 1795 AD
    The Ming and Qing Dynasties (AD1368 – 1911) come alive through luxury objects produced for court, scholars and wealthy households. Fine furniture, silk robes, paintings and other objects of exquisite beauty reveal the growing versatility and creativity of artisans during this period.

One of the world's great civilizations.  

China has witnessed thousands of years of continuous history encompassing well over twenty dynastic periods. Paper, tea, gunpowder, and porcelain are just a few of the significant contributions China has introduced to our world.    Ranked amongst the top ten Chinese collections in the world outside of China, this gallery represents almost 10,000 years of Chinese history. An amazing record of Chinese culture, told through objects of writing, pottery, sculpture, transportation, jewellery, porcelain, furniture and much more, unfolds in a thematic presentation covering prehistoric times up to the 20th century Qing Dynasty. Some artworks are so unique to the ROM, there are none other of their kind on display in the world, not even in China. 

About the Gallery

What?

Over 2,500 exceptional artifacts shed light on Chinese culture through the ages including daily life, religion, politics, economics, and burial customs.   Gallery includes the T.T. Tsui Exhibit of Prehistory and Bronze Age and the Michael C.K. Lo Exhibition of North, South, Sui and Tang which focuses on specific periods of China's development. 

Where?

China. 

When?

From Prehistory (~10,000 BD) to the 20th century AD.

ROM Staff

Pic of April

New World Archaeology Technician

Curator (Louise Hawley Stone Chair of East Asian Art)

Authored by: Noman Siddiqui