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Timeline of Ancient China (5000 BCE - 220 CE)

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This collection contains an interactive timeline of the art and archaeology of Ancient China from about 5000 BCE to 220 CE. It includes information on each period in this time range: Late Neolithic period, Erlitou culture, Shang dynasty, Western Zhou dynasty, Eastern Zhou dynasty, Qin dynasty, and Han dynasty; each with a representative object from each time period, ranging from a jade cong to a bronze incense burner.

Authors of this collection are the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and the Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access.

Tags: art history; artifact; archaeologist; ritual; Chinese; asia; Asian; warring states period; terracotta army; terra cotta;


Art and Archaeology of Ancient China Timeline

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

One-tier tube (cong 琮) with masks

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Wine Container (Jia)

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Food vessel (fang ding)

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Plaque in the form of a crouching tiger

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Armored infantryman

Emperor Qin Shihuang's Mausoleum Site Museum

Incense burner (boshanlu) with geometric patterns and narrative scenes

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery