The art of China

The art of the Yuan dynasty

During the Yuan dynasty, China became a part of the Mongol empire.

1271-1368

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Zheng Sixiao, Ink Orchid
Zheng Sixiao, Ink Orchid

Zheng’s precise calligraphic strokes lend vitality and movement to these delicate flowers. But are they rootless?

The David Vases
The David Vases

Dragons! Elephants! A phoenix! Many motifs cover these tall vases, but it’s the inscriptions that date the pair.

<em>Buddha of Medicine Bhaishajyaguru (Yaoshi fo)</em>
Buddha of Medicine Bhaishajyaguru (Yaoshi fo)

This enormous Buddhist wall painting exemplifies an important format of Chinese painting rarely seen in the West.

Huang Gongwang, <em>Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains</em>
Huang Gongwang, Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains

Unroll this handscroll and experience a spectacular panorama of rounded mountains, lush trees, and flowing water.

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