Tomb Tile Pictures of Ancient China: An Archaeological Study of Pottery Tiles from Tombs of Western Honan, Dating about the Third Century B.C

Tomb Tile Pictures of Ancient China: An Archaeological Study of Pottery Tiles from Tombs of Western Honan, Dating about the Third Century B.C

Tomb Tile Pictures of Ancient China: An Archaeological Study of Pottery Tiles from Tombs of Western Honan, Dating about the Third Century B.C

Tomb Tile Pictures of Ancient China: An Archaeological Study of Pottery Tiles from Tombs of Western Honan, Dating about the Third Century B.C

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This study marks the beginning of a series that the Royal Ontario Museum of Archaeology expects to continue. It has been made possible by the generous aid of the Rockefeller Foundation.

The object in view is to make available to the public, in popular form but without sacrificing scientific accuracy, an interpretation of the history, culture, and processes of development that lie behind the objects in the Museum collection. Such studies not only reveal the source and inspiration of ancient artistic and inventive effort,' they also provide a new and varied stimulus to modern work. More important still, they let us see how the great stream of civilization has come down through the ages, now with a current that is wide and slow, now narrow and swift, but ever holding what it has gained, and moving on.

Such studies as are contemplated require groups of associated material if they are really to be useful, and in this the Royal Ontario Museum is particularly fortunate in its Chinese Collection. Masses of material, especially of Ancient China, which come from known geographical areas and in groups of associated objects, together with much dated evidence, are now being studied and classified.

Apart from the archaeological material itself, the Museum has now a valuable auxiliary for such studies in the Professor H. H. Mu Chinese Library, recently set up in the Sigmund Samuel Gallery. Such a combination of literary source-material and archaeological material, under competent experts, cannot fail to produce practical results of the highest value.

C. T. CURRELLY, Director, Royal Ontario Museum of Archaeology.

Toronto, Ontario, 1939.

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