Bronze You (wine vessel) with Phoenix and Bird Patterns, Shang Dynasty (16th-11th century BCE), unearthed at Wangjiafen Hil, Huangcai, Ningxiang, 1970, in “Along the Yangzi River: Regional Culture in the Bronze Age from Hunan,” at the China Institute
It’s rare to be able to look at art that is 3,500 years old, and even rarer to find that artwork looking back at you. Such is the case at the China Institute Gallery in Manhattan, where an unusual exhibition of Shang and Zhou Dynasty bronzes (ca. 1600-771 BCE), “Along the Yangzi River: Regional Culture of the Bronze Age from Hunan,” is on view through late spring 2011. These ritual bronzes are on display in the United States for the first time.