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Editor's note: Bronze is an enduring alloy made of copper and other metals such as tin and lead, and is therefore called “fine metal” (jijin). China is one of the world’s ancient civilizations and has the earliest outstanding bronze casting technology. Exquisite Chinese bronze wares enjoy a very high reputation in the world and represent China’s bronze culture. With various shapes, decorative motifs and inscriptions, Chinese bronzes not only carry political and religious messages from ancient times but also boast great artistic value. Here we’ve created a list of 11 museums where you can gain an in-depth understanding of Chinese bronzes from different historical times. Let’s have a look!

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