Asian Art Museum’s Tomb Treasures

Asian Art Museum's Tomb TreasuresAsian Art Museum’s Tomb Treasures — New Discoveries from China’s Han Dynasty

Tomb Treasures is on view in the museum’s first floor, featuring over 160 rare selections from recent excavations in Jiangsu province, China.

One of the most powerful civilizations of the ancient world, China’s Han dynasty achieved profound cultural and artistic influence, technological advancements and military might. Two thousand years later, discoveries of royal tombs allow us to glimpse these extraordinary accomplishments firsthand.

Han royalty built lavishly furnished tombs that emulated their grand palaces. So, in the afterlife, no need would go unmet. Daily utensils, kitchen vessels, royal symbols, weaponry and even toiletries were all accounted for. And the nobility spared no expense preserving the tools of earthly pleasures—food, music, wine, sex—in anticipation of an afterlife to surpass this world.

So, Tomb Treasures is on view for the first time in the U.S. See 160 rare selections from recent excavations—including a jade coffin, rare bronze bells, elaborate crafts. See the extravagance, artistry, and elegance of Han royal clans.

Plan your visit:
Tomb Treasures
Asian Art Museum of San Francisco
200 Larkin St
February 17 through May 28, 2017

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