Gallery of Chinese Architecture | Level 1

The largest collection of Chinese architectural artifacts outside of China.

China's iconic architectural style is as old as the civilization itself. Throughout, connections and oppositions between Yang-houses (architecture for the living) and Yin-houses (architecture for the dead) intertwine through the Chinese concept of geomancy, or fengshui. Imperial buildings were distinct from those for common living; each planned, built and adorned in different ways to satisfy requirements for form, function and ritual.  

China's legacy of building and architecture is told through the largest and best collection of Chinese architectural artifacts outside of China. The mighty Ming Tomb, the Tombs of Han and Tang, and the reconstruction of a corner of a Chinese Imperial Palace building are focal points of a collection that includes architectural features, embellishments, statuary and more. 

About the Gallery

What?

Gallery contains approximately 200 artifacts, including roof tiles, architectural features and embellishments, statuary and tomb-related objects.  

Where?

China  

When?

From approximately 300 BC to AD 1900.

ROM Staff

Kate Cooper

Rebanks Research Fellow in Classical Archaeology

Dr. Ross Fox

Research Associate (Canadian Decorative Arts) Retired

Authored by: Noman Siddiqui