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.

 

Cloisonné Pou

Chinese, Qing dynasty, 18th century

Cloisonné PouChinese, Qing dynasty, 18th centuryMetal alloys and enamelh. 18 1/2 in. (47.0 cm); diam. 19 in. (48.3 cm)Gift of...

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Yen Yen Vase

Chinese, Qing dynasty, Kangxi period, 1662–1722

Yen Yen VaseChinese, Qing dynasty, Kangxi period, 1662–1722Porcelain with underglaze cobalt blueh. 30 in. (76.0 cm); diam. 11 in. (27.9...

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Maebyeong

Korean, Goryeo dynasty, 918–1392

MaebyeongKorean, Goryeo dynasty, 918–1392Stoneware with iron decoration and celadon glazeh. 12 1/2 in. (31.8 cm); diam. 8 in. (20.3 cm)Gift...

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Buddha

Korean, Joseon dynasty, 17th–18th century

BuddhaKorean, Joseon dynasty, 17th–18th centuryBronzeh. 20 1/4 in. (51.4 cm); w. 16 in. (40.6 cm); d. 11 in. (27.9 cm)Gift...

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Scenes in and around Kyoto

Japanese, Edo period, circa 1620–1625

Photograph by Peggy Tenison       Scenes in and around KyotoJapanese, Edo period, circa 1620–1625Ink, color, and gold leaf on...

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Jizō

Japanese, Edo period, 17th century

JizōJapanese, Edo period, 17th centuryLacquer, pigment, and gold on woodfigure: h. 44 1/2 in. (113 cm); pedestal: h. 8 1/4...

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Covered Jar

Vietnamese, Thanh-hoa province, 11th–12th century

Covered JarVietnamese, Thanh-hoa province, 11th–12th centuryBrown and transparent glaze on gray earthenwareh. 18 in. (45.7 cm); diam. 10 in. (25.5...

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Censer

Vietnamese, 15th–16th century

CenserVietnamese, 15th–16th centuryStoneware with cream, green, and brown glazesh. 14 1/4 in. (36.2 cm); w. 14 in. (35.6 cm); d....

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Vajrapani

Tibetan, 12th–13th century

VajrapaniTibetan, 12th–13th centuryCast copper alloyh. 12 in. (30.5 cm); w. 10 1/4 in. (26 cm); d. 3 3/8 in. (8.6...

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Maitreya

Nepalese, 16th century

MaitreyaNepalese, 16th centuryGilt bronzeh. 17 in. (43.2 cm); w. 5 1/2 in. (14.0 cm); d. 3 1/2 in. (8.9 cm)Gift...

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