See also:

China Subject Guide

SOAS Databases

General Resources

  • Arts of China Consortium
    Arts of China Consortium is a part of AsianArt site and it specifically provides information on symposia, grants, employment opportunities for scholars of Chinese and Japanese Art.
  • China: 5,000 years
    The past exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum, including an overview on the main categories of the traditional section: jade, bronze, ceramics, porcelain, sculpture, painting and calligraphy.
  • Glory of Chinese Printing
    Chronological exploration of Chinese printing, from its origins in the 6th century BC to the 18th century. A good introduction, with a number of illustrations and photographs.
  • Chinese Posters
    The website offers Chinese propaganda posters aiming to present a visual chronicle of the history of modern China. The website divided in three sections: the early years (1949-1965), the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976) and the period of modernization up to the present (1977-). It includes highlight collections of the International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam.
  • Iraq and China : ceramics, trade and innovation
    Originally designed to accompany a physical exhibition in Freer and sackler Gallery, this online resource explores the ways China and Iraq influenced each others' ceramic decoration from the 8th to 10th centuries and how these techniques in turn spread to other countries and regions. There are also links to other Web resources, including online image collections.
  • James Cahill Blog
    James Cahill (1926-2014) was considered one of the world's top authorities on Chinese Art. This is the Professor Emeritus James Cahill 's blog where anyone can access to his articles, handouts, recorded lectures, recommended reading lists and image gallery.


  • National Palace Museum in Taiwan
    This museum holds the greatest collection of ancient Chinese artefacts and artworks in the world. Most of the collections are high quality pieces collected by China’s ancient emperors.  The website provides access to image and description to the collections.
  • Palace Museum, Beijing
    The Palace Museum, historically and artistically one of the most comprehensive Chinese museums, was established on the foundation of the palace and their collections of treasures. Designated by the State Council as one of China's foremost protected monuments in 1961, the Palace Museum was also made a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1987.
  • Chinese art : Freer and Sackler galleries
    The Freer and Sackler galleries house one of the finest collections of Chinese art outside China. The companion online resource to these collections introduces the highlights of their acquisitions (including painting, sculpture and ceramics dating from Neolithic times), and allows users to browse interactive exhibitions, and read details of past and future exhibits.

Digitised Collection

Silk Road

  • Digital Silk Roads
    An online research project from the National Institute of Informatics, Japan, which aims to reproduce images, narrative and news related to the history of the Silk Road. Also includes a digital archive of books, including 53 rare books from the Toyo Bunko collection and cinema clips and interactive panoramic views of Bamiyan, Afghanistan.
  • International Dunhuang Project (IDP)
    The IDP aims to realise the potential of resources originating from Dunhuang and other Central Asian Silk Road sites. A unique 'Map Search' interface places each resource in its correct geographical position, so users can select a specific region of interest, rather than a topic. The search engine also allows traditional searching by subject, title and format. Images at this site take the form of digitised documents, photographs and other artifacts of historical interest.
  • Silk Road Seattle
    On-line art exhibition on the Silk Road, consisting more than 200 art objects (with descriptions), divided into the following categories: Cultures, Religions, Trade, and Intercultural Exchange. There are also more than 50 essays on various related cultural topics. Good introduction to the myriad cultures and issues that constitute the Silk Road. The Religion section includes Buddhism. Islam, Nestorianism, Zoroastriansim, and Manicheanism.
  • The UNESCO Silk Road Online Platform
    Developed by UNESCO, it is a unique platform for global exchange about cultural development, and the preservation as well as the promotion of cultural heritage along the Silk Road.