Tomb Culture of Ancient China

by  Cleveland Museum of Art

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Students will be introduced to selected objects found in ancient Chinese tombs as a way of surveying history from the late Neolithic (3,000 BC) era to the Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD).These objects reveal the contents of ancient tombs and shed light on similar types of items used for daily life. In addition these tomb goods—ritual vessels, figurines and musical instruments—represent exemplary workmanship in jade, bronze, and ceramics. Working methods with these materials are also explored.

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50--60 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Adult Learners Adults Public Library: Library Patrons

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Maximum participants:

30 suggested

Primary Disciplines

Fine Arts, Social Studies/History

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Cleveland Museum of Art

Cleveland, Ohio
United States

Distance Learning for adult audiences at The Cleveland Museum of Art allows lifelong learners to connect with the CMA and enrich their studies of history and visual arts through our collection of art and artifacts from around the world. Through live, interactive videoconferencing, students participate in conversations with museum educators that are two-way and fully interactive.

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Arielle Levine

Program Details


1. Introduction of Neolithic culture.
2. Interactive discussion of concept of afterlife.
3. Examples of ancient Chinese objects and the materials and techniques used to create them.
4. Interactive discussion and examples of the relationship of court life to tomb goods.
5. Discussion of Tang Dynasty ceramics.


1. Students will be able to describe the concept of the afterlife and explain why tombs were repositories for valued objects.
2. Students will be able to identify various periods of Chinese history, such as the Shang and Tang Dynasties.
3. Students will be able to identify several types of materials and techniques used by ancient Chinese artisans to construct useful objects and grave goods.
4. Students will be able to discuss the continuity of Chinese tomb culture over several centuries.