Gallery of Chinese Architecture | Level 1

  • Ming Tomb
    Generations of ROM visitors have known it simply as "the Ming Tomb". Recent research has revealed that this tomb, with its large domed burial mound, at one time contained the remains of legendary Chinese general Zu Dashou (ca. 1565-1656).
  • Chinese Imperial Palace
    Yellow glazed roof tiles were reserved exclusively for buildings built for the Emperor. Chinese artisans from the National Museum of Chinese Architecture in Beijing assembled a life-sized component of a Chinese Imperial Palace building here in the traditional style
  • Dragon detail.
    Chinese artisans were masters of artistry and detail.

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

Lisa Golombek

Curator Emeritus (Islamic Art) Retired

Commode, (macassar ebony, ivory), Unidentified Maker, Paris, France, 1920s - 1930s (989.315.16)

Curator, Mona Campbell Chair of Decorative Arts

Authored by: Noman Siddiqui