Living in a city of up to 23 million people has left me starved for culture because the policy here is to obliterate the past (or, at least, recreate the past as some commercial construct/theme park). Recently when I was traveling to what is called the Nordic Lighthouse (actually a warehouse, but renovated and a pleasant area) I spied some of that culture clash from the elevated subway -- the bland modern encroachment of "progress" without architectural context nor significance threatening to stamp out the storied layers of the past:
It was this mind set that led me to the surprising Shanghai Art Museum, which, while not as exhausting as the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, is still worthy of praise (especially the bronze and ethnic minority folk art gallery). I visited the museum on Sept 18th.
I ended up taking over 200 photos here (including captions, so the total is more like 100) of works that also included seals (stamps) and furniture. Were it not for my pitifully slow internet here, I would post more examples. One interesting thing to note about the jade buckle above is that the stone is sculpted by abrasive water (think sandblasting but with water instead) versus metal tools such as with western stone. Modern variations of the tools they use are now metal discs (like the Dremel) instead of wood discs and electric versus foot pedal, but the way of working has essentially remained unchanged.