The Lenora and Walter F. Brown Asian Art Wing
SAMA’s collection of Asian art is housed in a 15,000-square-foot suite of galleries which opened in 2005. Over the past 70 years, the collection has grown to include over 2,000 works from China, India, Japan, Korea, Tibet, Nepal, Pakistan, Thailand, and Vietnam. Spanning 6,000 years of Asian art history, this collection is internationally recognized as a center of excellence.
The Chinese collection is the most extensive of the Museum’s Asian art holdings. Comprised primarily of fine ceramics and porcelain, the collection also includes archaic bronze vessels, furniture, textiles, cloisonné and various decorative arts. The Liao dynasty ceramics collection is among the largest outside China, while the Imperial Chinese Art Gallery boasts a strong collection of Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasty ceramics that includes all major ware types. Stunning installations of a Scholar’s Studio and a Woman’s Bedroom offer an intimate glimpse into the arts of Imperial China.
The Japanese art collection at SAMA includes masterpieces of lacquer and painting by Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891), excellent paintings and screens from the Edo period (1603-1868), and a wide variety of decorative objects. Indian sculpture and Tibetan Buddhist bronzes and paintings highlight the artistic achievements of South Asia and the Himalayas. The Museum’s small yet impressive collection of Korean art includes fine examples of medieval ceramics. The Southeast Asian Art Gallery contains noteworthy works by Vietnamese and Thai ceramicists over several millennia. The Asian Art Special Exhibitions Gallery, located on the second floor of the Asian Art Wing, offers rotating exhibitions throughout the year.
Chinese, Qing dynasty, 18th century
Yen Yen Vase
Chinese, Qing dynasty, Kangxi period, 1662–1722
Korean, Goryeo dynasty, 918–1392
Korean, Joseon dynasty, 17th–18th century
Scenes in and around Kyoto
Japanese, Edo period, circa 1620–1625
Japanese, Edo period, 17th century
Vietnamese, Thanh-hoa province, 11th–12th century
Vietnamese, 15th–16th century
Tibetan, 12th–13th century
Nepalese, 16th century