The Rowe Collection of Chinese Art

The Rowe Collection of Chinese Art was given to the College by alumna Bernice Beazley Rowe (’70) and her husband, Dr. Henry Rowe.

Established in 1994, the Collection contains 240 works that date from 4,000 B.C.E. to the twentieth century. Highlights from the collection include large Neolithic period clay vessels, bronze vessels, Mingqi statuettes (Han Dynasty, 206 B.C.E.–221 C.E.), a tomb figure (Tang Dynasty 608-907), a roof tile (Ming Dynasty, 1368-1644), and vases and bowls (Qing Dynasty, 1644-1912). Significant for its breadth and depth, the collection is one of the most important in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

In 2006, the LCVA featured this important collection in an exhibition entitled “Reflecting Centuries of Beauty: The Rowe Collection of Chinese Art,” which showcased 160 works representing all major periods and dynasties. The exhibition and its accompanying catalogue garnered regional and national awards, including top honors from the American Association of Museums and the Southeastern Museums Conference.

Portions of the Rowe Collection are on permanent display in the Lancaster Gallery of Lancaster Hall, the primary administration building for Longwood University. Lancaster Hall is located at 201 High Street.




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