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Art From Us MUSEUM GUIDE : Harvard Art Museums : Room 1740

Harvard Art Museums – Room 1740

Art From Us, Museum Guide #862

Art From Us presents a must-see Museum Guide daily, where we showcase specific artworks in specific museums – from across the globe. Today, for Art From Us, Museum Guide #863 the spotlight is on the Harvard Art Museums’ Room 1740. Showcasing a collection of Arts of Ancient China from the Neolithic to the Bronze Age

The three works in focus are :

  1. Oblong jade pendant, 6th – 5th century BCE.
  2. Jade configuration of dragon, bird and snake, 4th – 3rd century BCE.
  3. Ritual vessel in the form of a water buffalo, 14th – 11th century BCE.

The significance of the 3 works chosen for Art From Us, Museum Guide #862

As is explained in the digital catalogue for the Harvard Art Museums :

“Even before the widespread use of metal implements, Neolithic cultures in China produced fine pottery and carved jades, the most elaborate of which were buried in the graves of important personages. A belief in the afterlife and in the ability of deceased forebears to exert influence over life in the present world led to the practice of ancestor worship, especially among those in power in Bronze Age China.”

This gallery explores artistic as well as ritualistic traditions that took place in ancient China, from the Neolithic Age to the Bronze Age. While the objects may now be classified as decorative pieces, they each served a unique purpose in the era. Certain aspects of these works are also typical of ancient Chinese art, such as the motif of the dragon, or the use of jade.

Explore China’s past through the Neolithic Age art and Bronze Age art housed at this gallery.

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