LACMA is pleased to announce that works from our Chinese art collection are now on view for the first time in more than five years.

Chinese art was one of the first areas collected by the museum. Our collection spans more than four thousand years and features extraordinary works ranging from ancient jade carvings to contemporary video and photography.

The new installation presents approximately forty works, ranging from the Neolithic period to modern times.

Drawn from nine private collections in Southern California, the snuff bottles shown in this exhibition represent an extraordinary variety of materials, from porcelain, glass, and cloisonné to rock crystal, limestone with fossils, and bamboo. These miniature works of art reflect a wide range of decorative techniques, including carving, enameling, and painting on the inner surfaces of transparent bottles made of glass and crystal. These bottles reflect themes from history, mythology, poetry and prose, and religion. The exhibition also includes several rare imperial bottles bearing reign marks of the Qianlong (1736–1795) and Jiaqing (1796–1820) emperors.

Tours meet on the L.A. Times Central Court to the left of the Ticket Office
Limited to 25 on a first-come, first-served basis
Free with museum admission


Since its inception in 1965, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) has been devoted to collecting works of art that span both history and geography, in addition to representing Los Angeles's uniquely diverse population. Today LACMA is the largest art museum in the western United States, with a collection that includes nearly 130,000 objects dating from antiquity to the present, encompassing the geographic world and nearly the entire history of art. Situated in Hancock Park on over 20 acres in the heart of Los Angeles, LACMA is located between the ocean and downtown.



Sunday, May 7


2:00 PM


5905 Wilshire Boulevard, near Fairfax
Los Angeles CA 90036


Los Angeles County Museum of Art

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