At the Shanghai Museum

Virtually explore the Shanghai Museum with Smarthistory as your guide

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Wang Shimin, <em>Cloud Capped Mountains and Misty Riverside</em>
Wang Shimin, Cloud Capped Mountains and Misty Riverside

Wang Shimin reimagines the past in this Qing dynasty landscape

Zhao Zhiqian, <em>Flowers Album</em>
Zhao Zhiqian, Flowers Album

Peonies, plum blossoms, radishes, and cabbages are all depicted in these calligraphic ink paintings

Wang Shishen, Garden scene album leaves
Wang Shishen, Garden scene album leaves

These garden scenes are examples of how professional artists in Qing-dynasty China made a living

Miniature furniture and figurines in a Ming tomb
Miniature furniture and figurines in a Ming tomb

Mini furniture and figurines give us a tiny look into Ming dynasty life

Tang Yue ware
Tang Yue ware

This begonia-shaped porcelain bowl attempts to achieve purity and perfection in its shape, thinness, and glaze

Ding ware bowl, Northern Song dynasty
Ding ware bowl, Northern Song dynasty

This porcelain bowl with reeds and geese for decoration has a metal rim where the bowl couldn't be glazed

Wang Mian, <i>Plum Blossoms in Ink</i>
Wang Mian, Plum Blossoms in Ink

Painting and poetry among friends during Mongol rule in Yuan dynasty China

An introduction to tomb figurines, Tang dynasty
An introduction to tomb figurines, Tang dynasty

Musicians on camels, women on horseback, and terrifying guardians—these are some of the figurines found in Tang dynasty tombs

Zisha “Ru Ding” teapot, Yixing ware
Zisha “Ru Ding” teapot, Yixing ware

A tiny teapot made for a literati audience in Qing dynasty China

Wang Lü, Landscapes of Mount Hua (Huashan)
Wang Lü, Landscapes of Mount Hua (Huashan)

A 14th-century physician climbs Mount Hua.

Oracle Bone, Shang Dynasty
Oracle Bone, Shang Dynasty

The writing on these bones is 3000 years old, but scholars can decipher an incredible 40 percent of the characters.

<em>Da Ke Ding</em>
Da Ke Ding

Not for everyday use, this ritual bronze vessel is significant in function and in heft. It weighs over 400 pounds!