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Chinese Art

Ceramics, bronzes, paintings, objects in ivory, wood, jade, numismatic collection

Chinese Art

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Preview some artistic objects of the Exhibits

The most significant and prestious collection is without a doubt the "original" collection of Chinese Art. We can admire the collection of pottery and porcelain from China, bronze objects, paintings, silk, coins and good-luck charms, the scholar study and the "Historical Cabinets” which preserve the memory of the museum past, and the exhibit of Chinese religious statuary, together with the many items of the ethnographic collection.

  • Jar North-Western China

    Jar North-Western China

    Terracotta - 3000-1900 a.C.
  • Dog Tang Dynasty

    Dog

    Glazed Terracotta - Tang 618-907
  • Amphora with dragon-shaped handles

    Amphora with dragon-shaped handles

    Glazed Grès - Tang 618-907
  • Dish Yuan

    Dish Yuan

    Porcelain Grès - Yuan 1271-1368
  • Meiping Vase

    Meiping Vase

    Porcelain - Western Xia 1038-1237
  • Ming Jar

    Ming Jar

    Porcelain - Ming 1368-1644
  • Stem Cup, Qing

    Stem Cup

    Porcelain - Qing 1723-1735
  • Flambé glaze Vase

    Flambé glaze Vase

    Porcelain - Qing 1850-1911
  • Dropper in the shape of a tortoise

    Dropper in the shape of a tortoise

    Terracotta - Han 25-220 d.C

Collection of Ceramics

The art of ceramics was perhaps the most important expression of Chinese art. Nothing is as famous as Chinese ceramics. While objects of bronze, jade, and even paintings were reserved for the privileged, ceramics were the domain of all peoples, and it spread throughout the world.

Porcelain is one of the greatest discoveries of the Chinese people. Over seven thousand years ago, the artisans of various ethnic Chinese groups were already able to produce colorful pottery, functional and attractive in appearance. Since then, they continued to produced pottery of all kinds, which have a high artistic level, and well-defined style, typically Chinese.

Both the ceramics and its production were later brought outside China, thus making the production of ceramics, one of the great gifts that this society has given to the world.


Bronze Collection

t is one of the most effective ways to describe or document a civilization. This statement is true when it comes to the production of bronze objects in China. We know that the art of bronze flourished in China in times much later than those of the West. What is amazing is the fact that it almost immediately reached high quality levels, without going through the infant stages, with levels of technique and style superior to those of any other people in the Near East or in the Mediterranean basin.
As we come to know the bronze artifacts that China has produced over thousands of years, we come to know the soul, the sense of mystery, the standards of beauty and the desire to transcend time.
Ritual Vase - Zhou 1045-256 a.C.

Ritual Vase - Zhou 1045-256 a.C.

Kuei Vase - Ming 1368-1644

Kuei Vase - Ming 1368-1644

Patinated bronze Ding

Patinated bronze Ding - Ming 1368-1644

Incense Burner

Incense Burner - Ming 1368-1644

Collection of Paintings

cna0575dipfThe gift of simplicity is often found in Chinese paintings, but it is so rich in meaning that it can be identified with profound philosophical, moral, social and even ascetic principles. Most of the time the artist was a philosopher, a wise person who possessed the noblest way to interpret and express the mystery of nature. For this reason, the Chinese regarded the art of painting as "the perfection of knowledge."
The museum has more than 100 paintings, rubbings and inscriptions, and only a few are displayed, because of space and conservation reasons.

Popular Religion

le Chinese ceramics, painting and calligraphy give a picture of the cultural, political, social and economic climate which impacted the varied eras and their development, the images of popular devotion - well represented in our Museum - express the wisdom of the people who have produced them. These images show a conception of the world, with its cultural context, feelings and ideas, which we westerners call religion or religiosity.
Alongside the religious beliefs and practices taught by the great religions (Taoism, Confucianism, and Buddhism), China has always seen expressions of "popular religiosity" with a large assortment of customs, deities, or god-like historical figures.
The museum's collection documents various images of popular iconography, such as the Guanyin: in a porcelain statue, it is shown with the characteristic lotus flower; one wooden statue depicts the Guanyin as the "bestower of children"; another as the Guanyin "with basket of fish".
Guangdi (or Guanyu), venerated by the Taoist tradition, is another example of an image of popular religion.
Guan Di (Guan Yu) - Dinastia Qing

Guan Di - Qing 1700-1795

Bell Zhong - Five Dinasties 907-960

Bell Zhong - Five Dinasties 907-960

Bodhisattva / Guanyin - Qing Emp. Qianlong (1736-1795)

Bodhisattva / Guanyin - Qing Emp. Qianlong (1736-1795)

Guanyin with fish basket - Qing 1850-1900

Guanyin with fish basket - Qing 1850-1900


Coins and Charms

Of the over 5.000 coins, the “Rossi Scalzi collection” is exhibited at the Museum, held in an elegant, ingenious, hand-painted wood container built in China.
Among the thousands of Chinese coins that the Xaverians have collected in the early decades of the 1900, there were others, which came to be classified as "good luck charms", which had the power to control hostile forces, and allow us to buy luck and success.