The Empress Dowager Cixi ruled China in the latter half of the 19th century, the last woman to rule China
This native of China is believed to be the most faithful bird species in the world.
These iconic ships have long been one of the defining symbols of Chinese naval warfare, travel and trade.
The cloud collar is a Chinese four- or eight-lobed ornamental piece of fabric boasting an intricate pattern.
The beautifully pleated Chinese parasol serves multiple purposes: as sunblock, dance prop, or good luck charm.
We sliced up some of China’s most popular fruits into this colourful gallery.
Did you know that China produces almost a third of the world’s rice?
Mandarins were important public officials & bureaucrats, playing a vital role in the country's imperial history.
The idea of opposite forces complementing each other is at the core of many belief systems.
Browse collections relating to China from cultural heritage institutions across Europe
These souvenir pictures from the 19th Century depict scenes from daily life, architectural features and people of China
Born in Helsinki, Osvald Sirén (1879-1966) was to become one of Sweden’s most eminent art historians.
Photography pioneer John Thomson (1837–1921) was one of the first to document his exploration of Asia in photographs
Ernest Erickson (°1893, Finland) donated part of his Chinese artefact collection to the Östasiatiska museet.
A breathtaking series of images selected German photographer’s Wolfgang Schröter’s 50,000-piece legacy
Swedish explorer and archaeologist Folke Bergman participated in Sven Hedin's Sino-Swedish Expedition in the 1930s
These 'peasant paintings' by Huxian farmers in the 1950s are vibrant tableaux depicting daily life and festive occasions
Colourful graphic styles applied to socio-political messages, from the Etnografiska museet in Stockholm, Sweden