Osaka City Museum of Fine Arts

Funny! Strange!! Designs of Mythical Creatures: §1 Chinese Ancient Bronze Ware


July 1 – August 16 , 2020


9:30–17:00 (Last entry 30 minutes before closing)


Mondays  except August 10


Adults 300 (150) yen, University / High school students 200 (100) yen

* ( ) indicate prices for those in groups of 20 or more.

*Free for Junior high school students and under and those 65 years and older living in Osaka city. Please show proof of age (driver’s license, passport, etc.) when entering.

A Note to Our Visitors


Designed patterns of mysterious creatures are displayed in ancient Chinese bronzeware. Not all of their meanings or roles have been made clear, but they seem to be divine beasts and monsters that were created by combining different parts of existing animals. Vicariously experience the rich imaginations of ancient people as you take a close look at each pattern and shape.

Pick up

Water pot in the shape of a “pixie” beast, bronze

Three kingdoms period, 3rd century

Osaka City Museum of Fine Arts; Yamaguchi Coll.



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