Han Funerary Art Arrives at IMAS 


McAllen, Texas-On Thursday, May 23, 2013, the International Museum of Art & Science (IMAS) will give welcome to “Entombed Treasures: Funerary Art of Han Dynasty China” with an opening reception at 6:00 p.m.  This exhibit, on loan from the San Antonio Museum of Art (SAMA), will be on display at IMAS from May 23, 2013 to September 15, 2013.  “Entombed Treasures” showcases the art, daily life, and beliefs of the Han Dynasty through examples of tomb ware from SAMA’s own collection of Chinese ceramics and metalwork.


The Han dynasty (206 BC – 220 AD) was a period of great progress and innovation in early China. The visual arts flourished in these four centuries of increased cultural sophistication. Spiritual thought of the period emphasized the continuity between the present and after life. Tombs of important officials and landowners were lavishly decorated and stocked with everything the deceased might need in the next world, including favorite belongings, everyday items, and food. Striking ceramic representations of the deceased’s attendants, animals, model homes, and granary were among the objects that furnished the tombs. Bronze and earthenware objects in “Entombed Treasures”, some of which are rarely on display, illustrate the development of funerary objects over the course of this formative ancient dynasty.


IMAS would like to thank SAMA for their support in bringing world-class exhibits to the South Texas community.  “Entombed Treasures: Funerary Art of Han Dynasty China” is the second exhibit in collaboration with the San Antonio Museum of Art in a span of 15 months.  In February of 2012 IMAS displayed “Fantin-Latour: French Impressionist Works from the San Antonio Museum of Art”, an exhibit which has only been shown three times in the last 100 years.


“Entombed Treasures: Funerary Art of Han Dynasty China” will be at IMAS from May 23, 2013 to September 15, 2013. The opening reception will be held on Thursday, May 23, 2013 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and is included in the price of general admission; FREE for IMAS Members.  For more information, please call (956) 682-0123 or visit www.imasonline.org



Pictured: Warriors on Horseback

China, Western Han dynasty (206 BC – 9 AD)

Earthenware with pigments

Gift of Lenora and Walter F. Brown

98.15.1.a-c, 2004.20.12

Photography by Peggy Tenison

Courtesy of the San Antonio Museum of Art


Entombed Treasures

The International Museum of Art & Science is fully accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.  The mission of the International Museum of Art & Science is to promote a deeper appreciation of the arts and sciences through exhibitions, cultural events, and educational programs; and to preserve, expand, and display its permanent art and science collections.  The museum is located at the intersection of Bicentennial Way and Nolana Avenue.  Monday: Closed; Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Thursday: 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Sunday 1:00 to 5:00 p.m..  IMAS provides $1 general admission to the public every Thursday evening from 4:00p.m.-8:00p.m..  Log onto http://www.imasonline.org for more information.

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