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An introduction to ancient ChinaBottle with mouth in the shape of a mushroomChinese jade: an introductionWorking jadeJade cong and biRitual implements (cong and bi)Jade Cong
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Introduction to ChinaImperial China, an introductionArchaeology and the study of ancient ChinaDiscoveries in Chinese archaeologyBuddhist Temples at WutaishanDecoding Chinese calligraphyAppreciating Chinese calligraphyAscending the Heron Tower written in cursive script
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Introduction to the Shang dynastyOracle Bone, Shang DynastyShang dynasty ritual bronze vesselsRitual vessel in the shape of a rhinocerosHorse decoration in the form of a taotie mask
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Da Ke DingCovered ritual wine vessel (gong)
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Terracotta Warriors from the mausoleum of the first Qin emperor of China
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Introduction to the Han dynastyFuneral banner of Lady Dai (Xin Zhui)Vase with coverCicadaHouse modelStorehouseMoney tree
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Seated Buddha dated 338
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Longmen caves, LuoyangLongmen Grottoes (UNESCO/NHK)
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Stele with the Buddha Shakyamuni and Prabhutaratna
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An Introduction to the Tang dynasty (618–906)Stele of the Buddha MaitreyaDancerCamelCentral Asian wine peddlerChinese Buddhist cave shrinesMogao caves at DunhuangThe paintings and manuscripts from cave 17 at Mogao (1 of 2)The paintings and manuscripts from cave 17 at Mogao (2 of 2)Zhou Fang, Ladies Wearing Flowers in Their HairTaoism in the Tang and Song dynasties
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Arhat (Luohan)
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An Introduction to the Song dynasty (960–1279)Master of the (Fishing) Nets GardenChinese landscape paintingMountings: hanging scrolls, handscrolls, fans and the album leafNeo-Confucianism & Fan Kuan, Travelers by Streams and MountainsLiang Kai, Poet Strolling by a Marshy BankBowl with brown mottlingBodhisattva Avalokiteshvara (Chinese: Guanyin)Arhat (Chinese: luohan)
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Buddha of Medicine Bhaishajyaguru (Yaoshi fo)Huang Gongwang, Dwelling in the Fuchun MountainsChinese porcelain: production and exportChinese porcelain: decorationThe David VasesThe David Vases (Chinese porcelain)Zheng Sixiao, Ink Orchid
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An introduction to the Ming dynasty (1368–1644)Technology during the Ming dynasty (1368–1644)The Forbidden CityThe Forbidden CityCovered jar with fish in lotus pondClassical gardens of SuzhouSong of the morningWhirling Snow on the River BankCongyi, Cloudy Mountains

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Imperial Chinese history begins in the 3rd century B.C.E. with Qin Shihuang, the first Emperor of China and ends with the fall of the Qing Dynasty in 1911.