China and South Asia (Room 33)

The Sir Joseph Hotung Gallery
Prehistory – present

Please note: Phased public opening from 10 November. The full gallery will be open by 14 December 2017.

Reopening after a major refurbishment, this beautiful gallery explores the cultures of China and South Asia through a range of magnificent objects.

One half of the gallery presents the histories of China from 5000 BC to the present. From iconic Ming dynasty blue-and-white porcelain to delicate handscrolls, from exquisite Tang dynasty tomb figurines to contemporary ink paintings, the displays will feature calligraphy, painting, jade, silk and porcelain.

The other half of the gallery will present South Asia’s many histories chronologically and by region, from early human occupation to the present. Highlights include seals from the Indus civilisation, superb south Indian sculptures of Shiva and one of the finest statues of the goddess Tara from Sri Lanka, sophisticated paintings and objects from the courts of the Mughal emperors, and paintings by the Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore.