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.

 

Horse

Chinese, Tang dynasty, 618- 907

HorseChinese, Tang dynasty, 618- 907Earthenware with sancai glazeh. 24 3/8 in. (62 cm); w. 24 1/2 in. (62.3 cm); d....

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Tomb Models of Musicians

Chinese, Sui dynasty, 589–618

Tomb Models of MusiciansChinese, Sui dynasty, 589–618Earthenware with slip and lead glazeaverage h. 12 1/2 in. (31.8 cm); w. 3...

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Camel

Chinese, Tang dynasty, 618 - 907

CamelChinese, Tang dynasty, 618 - 907Earthenware with sliph. 38 in. (96.5 cm); w. 34 in. (86.5 cm); d. 14 in....

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Funerary Urn

Chinese, Liao dynasty, 907–1125

Funerary UrnChinese, Liao dynasty, 907–1125Stoneware with lead glazeh. 32 in. (81.3 cm); w. 11 1/4 in. (28.6 cm); d. 10...

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Spouted and Covered Funerary Jar

Chinese, Southern Song dynasty, 1127–1279

Spouted and Covered Funerary JarChinese, Southern Song dynasty, 1127–1279Porcelaneous stoneware with longquan celadon glazeh. 9 1/2 in. (24.1 cm); diam....

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Jar

Chinese, Yuan dynasty, 1279-1368

JarChinese, Yuan dynasty, 1279-1368Glazed and painted earthenwareh. 23 3/4 (60.2 cm); diam. 17 1/2 (44.2 cm)Gift of Lenora and Walter...

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Charger

Chinese, Yuan dynasty, 1279-1368

ChargerChinese, Yuan dynasty, 1279-1368Porcelain with underglaze cobalt blueh. 2 3/4 in. (7.0 cm); diam. 18 in. (45.7 cm)Gift of Lenora...

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Meiping

Chinese, Ming dynasty, Xuande period, 1425–1435

MeipingChinese, Ming dynasty, Xuande period, 1425–1435Porcelain with underglaze cobalt blueh. 11 1/2 in. (29.4 cm); diam. 6 3/4 in. (17.1...

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Fahua Jar

Chinese, Ming dynasty, 16th century

Fahua JarChinese, Ming dynasty, 16th centuryEarthenware with white slip and lead glazeh. 13 in. (33.0 cm); diam. 13 3/4 in....

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Double Gourd Vase

Chinese, Ming dynasty, Jiajing period, 1522–1566

Double Gourd VaseChinese, Ming dynasty, Jiajing period, 1522–1566Porcelain with underglaze cobalt blue and overglaze enamelsh. 18 1/2 in. (47.0 cm);...

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