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Color and brushwork create a golden pheasant in this Qing dynasty hanging scroll
Wang Shimin reimagines the past in this Qing dynasty landscape
Peonies, plum blossoms, radishes, and cabbages are all depicted in these calligraphic ink paintings
These garden scenes are examples of how professional artists in Qing-dynasty China made a living
Mini furniture and figurines give us a tiny look into Ming dynasty life
This begonia-shaped porcelain bowl attempts to achieve purity and perfection in its shape, thinness, and glaze
This porcelain bowl with reeds and geese for decoration has a metal rim where the bowl couldn't be glazed
Painting and poetry among friends during Mongol rule in Yuan dynasty China
Musicians on camels, women on horseback, and terrifying guardians—these are some of the figurines found in Tang dynasty tombs
A tiny teapot made for a literati audience in Qing dynasty China
A 14th-century physician climbs Mount Hua.
The writing on these bones is 3000 years old, but scholars can decipher an incredible 40 percent of the characters.