San Antonio Museum or Art

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.


Amitabha in Sukhavati Paradise

Tibetan, circa 1700



Northern Indian, Uttar Pradesh or Madhya Pradesh, 10th–11th century



Indian, Vijayanagar period, 15th–16th century