Asian Art

The Lenora and Walter F. Brown Asian Art Wing

The Museum'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 the Museum 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.

 

Dish with Scene of the Baptism of Christ

Chinese, Yongzheng period, ca. 1723–1735

Dish with Scene of the Baptism of ChristChinese, Yongzheng period, ca. 1723–1735Porcelain with cobalt blue underglaze diam. 17 3/4 in....

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Blue and White Dish with Celadon Decoration

Japanese, Edo period, 19th century

Blue and White Dish with Celadon DecorationJapanese, Edo period, 19th centuryPorcelain with cobalt blue and celadon glazes diam. 12...

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Dish with Design of Ajiro (Textured Mat of Woven Bamboo)

Japan, Edo period, 17th-18th century

Photograph by Peggy Tenison Dish with Design of Ajiro (Textured Mat of Woven Bamboo) Nabeshima ware Japanese, Edo period, ca. 1715-1735...

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Footed Dish with Dragon Decoration

Japan, Empo/Jokyo Era, 1670-1690

Photograph by Peggy Tenison Footed Dish with Dragon DecorationKakiemon ware Japan, Edo Period, Empo-Jokyo eras (ca. 1670-1690) Porcelain painted with colored...

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Dish with Design of Jaku (Stone-Filled Baskets) and Waves

Japanese, Edo period, ca. 1715–1735

Dish with Design of Jaku (Stone-Filled Baskets) and WavesNabeshima ware Japanese, Edo period, ca. 1715–1735 Porcelain with cobalt blue underglazediam....

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Charger

Japan, Edo Period, early 18th Century

ChargerJapan, Edo Period, early 18th century Porcelain with cobalt blue underglaze diam. 23 3/4 in. (60.3cm) Purchased with funds provided...

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Amitabha Buddha

Japan, Late Heian Period, late 12th century

Amitabha BuddhaJapan, Late Heian Period, late 12th century Wood with traces of pigment and gold h. 21 3/4 in...

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Yan (Tripod Steamer)

Chinese, Shang dynasty, circa 1600–1050 BC

Yan (Tripod Steamer)Chinese, Shang dynasty, circa 1600–1050 BCBronzeh. 16 1/4 (41.3 cm); w. 11 3/8 (28.9 cm); d. 10 1/2...

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Standing Female Attendant

Chinese, Western Han dynasty, 206 BC–AD 9

Standing Female AttendantChinese, Western Han dynasty, 206 BC–AD 9Earthenware with slip and pigmentsh. 29 1/8 in (74.0 cm); w. 11...

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Pair of Soldier Tomb Models

Chinese, Northern Qi dynasty, 550–577

Pair of Soldier Tomb ModelsChinese, Northern Qi dynasty, 550–577Gray earthenware with white slip and pigmenth. 17 in. (43.2 cm); w....

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