Vessel of inlaid bronze with lid. The decoration is embossd in red with stylized dragons and birds.
Bronze vessel served as a pouring device, holding wine in its belly. The server would then pour the contents through a small spout in the left jaw. A hinged lid on the back was where the wine was put in, and was made to look like a saddle. The rhino was cast in one piece, and still has traces of gold-inlay cloud patterns. Both a sculptural and functional woek.
Wine vessel related to the ku type, only squatter and able to hold a greater volume of liquid. The decoration features small dragons and a large incised 't'ao-t'ieh.' [as quoted from Mario Bussagli]
Tripod incense burner, decorated with a pattern imitating rush weave, and a variety of fantastic, mythical animals. The bird which is also the lid handle is a phoenix. The four minor figures of the same bird represent a spatial symbolism which symbolizes the whole universe. Dragons and serpents complete the decoration.
Tripod bronze vessel with hollow legs and 'trilobate body'; called 'Li' or 'Li-eing.' On each lobe of the vessel is featured a 'leonine T'ao-t'ieh,' clamping the cylindrical leg of the vessel between its jaws.
Tea bowl covered in a distinctive bluish-green glaze.
As described in the pamphlet, this is a "skull hand-drum, dating from Qing dynasty. Made from the skull caps of a boy and girl joined together at the tops and covered with lamb or monkey skin."
Statue of Laozi from the Song Dynasty, carved from the rock of Mt. Qingyuan in Fujian.
Rectangular four-legged bronze ritual vessel, of the fang ting type. Features a regular geometrical decoration in high relief on the sides; decorative motif on corners, and facing animals on the handles, all characteristic of works produced during the early Zhou period.
Pottery piece dating from circa 5000 BCE. Often referred to as a "flame" vessel due to the elaborate ornamentation on the lip.