At the Shanghai Museum

Virtually explore the Shanghai Museum with Smarthistory as your guide

Some background

videos + essays

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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!