Collections

Multi-Generation Ancestor Portraits (detail)

PEM's collection of Chinese art offers for exploration the rich and broad
realms of China's ancient and contemporary cultures. The collection
encompasses visual art from the many cultures and tastes within China,
including the everyday, the imperial, the literati, the revolutionary and
current artistic trends, as well as works from minority nationalities. Many
works draw inspiration from ancient Chinese art while others express
influences from Europe and America. The collection includes painting and
calligraphy, textiles, ceramics and architecture. Together, the objects
fully reflect the breadth of China's visual cultures as they have evolved
over the centuries. 

 

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Mist at Dawn, 1974

Mist at Dawn, 1974

Zhang Daqian, (1899-1983)
China
Ink and color on board
20 ¼ x 17 1/8 inches

Gift of Miss Amelia Peabody, 1979

Accession Number: E80919
Jesus, Mary and Joseph, 1930's-1940's

Jesus, Mary and Joseph, 1930's-1940's

John Lu Hongnian (1914- )
China
Ink and color on paper

Museum Purchase with funds provided by the Asian Art Visiting Committee, 2002

Accession Number: E302067
Fish-shaped snuff bottle, Daoguang period (1821-1851)

Fish-shaped snuff bottle, Daoguang period (1821-1851)

Artist not identified
China
Porcelain
Length 7.8 cm.

Gift of Mr. Murray F. Forbes, 1977

Accession Number: E80577
Snuff bottle, Qianlong period (1736-1796)

Snuff bottle, Qianlong period (1736-1796)

Artist not identified
China
Enamel over copper with ivory stand
Ht. 7 cm.

Museum purchase, 1988

Accession Number: E82696
Door God, one of a pair, 19th century

Door God, one of a pair, 19th century

Artist not identified
China
Woodblock print on paper
19 x 11 1/2 in.

Gift of John H. Ross, 1982

Accession Number: E72980
Portrait of a Seated Buddhist Monk, 1846

Portrait of a Seated Buddhist Monk, 1846

Artist not identified
China
Ink and color on paper

Museum purchase, 2004

Accession Number: E302323
Hong Kong Interior, 1997

Hong Kong Interior, 1997

T.C. Lai (b. 1921)
China
Gouche on silk

Museum purchase with funds provided by the Asian Art Visiting Committee, 2006

Accession Number: E303148
Brushpot, Qianlong period (1736-1796)

Brushpot, Qianlong period (1736-1796)

Artist not identified
China
Ivory
H: 4 1/2 in.

Museum purchase, 2006

Accession Number: E303281
U-Shaped Altar Table, 2005

U-Shaped Altar Table, 2005

Shi Jianmin (b. 1962)
China
Wood
36 1/2 x 69 3/4 x 44 3/4 in.

Gift of the artist, 2006

Accession Number: E303673
European Figures bearing Buddhist elements, Qianlong period (1736-1796)

European Figures bearing Buddhist elements, Qianlong period (1736-1796)

Artist not identified
China
Wood, ivory, mother-of-pearl, gold

Museum Purchase, 2001

Accession Number: E301906.1, E301906.2
"Hundred Boys" Jar, Jaijing period, 1522-1566

"Hundred Boys" Jar, Jaijing period, 1522-1566

Artist not identified
China
Porcelain

Gift of Mrs. Herbert Nadai and Thomas Beal Jr. in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas P. Beal, 1982

Accession Number: E81696
A page from the "Book of Humanity II", 2004

A page from the "Book of Humanity II", 2004

Lu Shengzhong (b. 1952)
China
paper

Museum Purchase with funds provided by the Asian Art Visiting Committee, 2005

Accession Number: E302485A
The Grand Water Terrace, Front Facade, Dashuifa zhengmian

The Grand Water Terrace, Front Facade, Dashuifa zhengmian

Yi Lantai, late 18th century
China
Copperplate print on paper

Museum Purchase, 2006

Accession Number: E303400
Landscape of Huangshan, 1960

Landscape of Huangshan, 1960

Tang Hong (b. 1926) and Zhang Daqian (1899-1983)
China
Ink and color on paper

Gift of Mark Pratt

Accession Number: E303543
Second Degree Daoist Priest's Robe, late 18th century

Second Degree Daoist Priest's Robe, late 18th century

Artist not identified
China
Silk, satin, gold wrapped thread
49 1/4 x 71 3/4 in.

Museum Purchase, 2003

Accession Number: E302178
Table, 2005

Table, 2005

Shi Jianmin (b. 1962)
China
Stainless steel
26 x 65 1/4 x 64 in.

Gift of the artist, 2006

Accession Number: E303674
Gourd-shaped snuff bottle, late 19th century

Gourd-shaped snuff bottle, late 19th century

Artist not identified
China
Glass
H: 6.6 cm

By exchange with Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Accession Number: E37717
Woman's Wedding Tunic and Vest, late 19th century

Woman's Wedding Tunic and Vest, late 19th century

Artist not identified
China
Silk, gold metallic thread

Gift of the Estate if Julia C. Deane, 2001

Accession Number: E301847, E301848
Textile folding screen, 18th-19th century

Textile folding screen, 18th-19th century

Artist not identified
China
Silk, embroidered silk, cotton
144 x 196 in.

Gift of William F. Spinnet, 1933

Accession Number: E21773
"Five-color" Jar, Wanli period (1573-1619)

"Five-color" Jar, Wanli period (1573-1619)

Artist not identified
China
Porcelain
H: 34 in.

Gift of Harry T. Peters, Jr., 1977

Accession Number: E80399
If the Red Demon Doesn't Die, the Great Chaos Will Not End

If the Red Demon Doesn't Die, the Great Chaos Will Not End

Artist not identified
China
Color offset print on paper
30 x 20 3/4

Gift of Mrs. Ralph R. Shrader, 1962

Accession Number: E39231
New Years Print, 19th century

New Years Print, 19th century

Artist not identified
China
Woodblock print on paper
23 3/4 x 42 1/4 in.

Gift of A.C. Needham, 1937

Accession Number: E22480
Xu Guochan (20th century)

Xu Guochan (20th century)

You Qiu Bi Ying, 1940s
China
Colored offset print on paper
30 1/2 x 21 in.

On deposite from Andover Newton Theological School, 1976

Accession Number: E54536
Embroidered Banner, late 19th century

Embroidered Banner, late 19th century

Artist not identified
China
Wool, embroidered silk
36 x 119 in.

Museum Purchase, 2001

Accession Number: E301681
Guan Dongqi, 19th century

Guan Dongqi, 19th century

Ink Prunus in the style of the Yuan Dynasty (12-71-1368) Artists
China
Ink on paper

Gift in memory of Merah Shrum Pratt, 2006

Accession Number: E303544
Panel with Antique Motifs, late 19th century

Panel with Antique Motifs, late 19th century

Artist not identified
China
Embroidered Silk

Museum Purchase, 2005

Accession Number: E302681
Imperial Woman's Court Robe, first half of 1700s

Imperial Woman's Court Robe, first half of 1700s

Artist not identified
China
Silk, gold wrapped thread

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Ward Gregg

Accession Number: E80968

Multigeneration Ancestor Portrait, 19th century

Multigeneration Ancestor Portrait, 19th century

Artist not identified
China
Ink and color on cotton canvas

Museum Purchase, 2001

Accession Number: E301845.2
Bi Disc, Qianlong period, 1736-1796, Bi Disc, Eastern Han Dynasty, (25-220 C.E.)

Bi Disc, Qianlong period, 1736-1796, Bi Disc, Eastern Han Dynasty, (25-220 C.E.)

Artist not identified
China
Jade, mounted on a carved teakwood stand

 Anonymous gift, 1945.

Accession Number: E24776, E3947

 

 

Siming,the God of Fate, early 20th century

Siming,the God of Fate, early 20th century

Artist not identified
China
Woodblock print on paper

Gift of John A. Hardy, in memory of Barbara Hardy, 1984

Accession Number: E72991
Wedding Headdress

Wedding Headdress

Artist not identified
China
Kingfisher feathers, silk, enamel, brass, beads, pearls, semi-precious stone

Given in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Austin Cheney by their daughters; Ruth C. Krumbhaar, Marjory B. C. Shaw, Elizabeth C. Buckley and Mabel C. Smith, 1991.

Accession Number: E75225.A
Ge ware bowl, Xuande period 1426-1435

Ge ware bowl, Xuande period 1426-1435

Artist not identified
China
Porcelain

Gift of Miss Hester Bancroft, 1906

Accession Number: E9054
Cuspidor, Qianlong period (1736-1796)

Cuspidor, Qianlong period (1736-1796)

Artist not identified
China
Glass with teak stand
Ht. 10 cm.

Gift of Dr. William Sturgis Bigelow, 1921

Accession Number: E18110
Bowl, Jiaqing period (1796-1820)

Bowl, Jiaqing period (1796-1820)

Artist not identified
China
Glass with teak stand
Diameter 5 ½ inches

Gift of Dr. William Sturgis Bigelow, 1921

Accession Number: E18111
Snuff bottle, late nineteenth century

Snuff bottle, late nineteenth century

Artist not identified
China
Agate
ht. 6.2 cm.

Gift of Dr. E. G. Stillman, 1947

Accession Number: E26835
Snuff bottle, early twentieth century, Wu Xijiu (1870-ca. 1924)

Snuff bottle, early twentieth century, Wu Xijiu (1870-ca. 1924)

Artist not identified
China
Nephrite
Ht. 6 cm.

Gift of Mrs. Arthur Lyman, 1972

Accession Number: E79172