Asian Section Collection Highlights


With more than 25,000 pieces, the Asian collection ranges in material from musical instruments and tools, to paintings, jewelry, and clothing. The objects on display in the Chinese Rotunda showcase our impressive collection of Chinese sculpture collected during the early part of the 20th century. The large-scale artifacts on view are a testament to the artistic achievements of the Chinese people, particularly in early Buddhist sculpture, and the continuity of artistic evolution during the early, pre-Song periods (before 1000 CE). In storage, the focus is largely on ethnographic collections with representative collections of the Ainu people of Japan and the Naga Hills people of India. Other highlights include a large thangka collection from Tibet, a series of textiles from the minority people of China, and numerous examples of blankets and wall hangings from India and Japan. There is also a significant collection of Buddhist material collected as part of a temple that was erected when the Museum opened in 1899. The nucleus of the South Asian sculptural collection was put together by Alexander Scott, who led a Museum expedition to India from 1915 to 1918. These objects represent one of the earliest collections of Indian art to come to America. They also became the focus of study for several pioneering scholars in the fields of South Asian art and culture, including Ananda Coomaraswamy and W. Norman Brown.

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21574F
C119
29-68-1
C355
Object On Display
Watercolor
21574F
View Object | 86322
Painting
C119
View Object | 115017
Statue
29-68-1
View Object | 53279
Statue
C355
View Object | 29286

C396
Object On Display
A397A
2005-10-17B
2005-10-13
Relief
C396
View Object | 56121
Coat
A397A
View Object | 103838
Statue
2005-10-17B
View Object | 29507
Statue
2005-10-13
View Object | 29506

29-64-249
53-14-1
29-96-346
Object On Display
C243
Object On Display
Statue
29-64-249
View Object | 29447
Box
53-14-1
View Object | 53624
Statue
29-96-346
View Object | 29441
Ritual Vessel
C243
View Object | 29265

C400
Object On Display
C66A
Object On Display
52-23-71
C681A
Object On Display
Statuette
C400
View Object | 29254
Statue
C66A
View Object | 29276
Mandarin Square
52-23-71
View Object | 56485
Crystal Sphere
C681A
View Object | 53297

43-12-2
C395
Object On Display
2003-38-35
Statue
43-12-2
View Object | 53296
Relief
C395
View Object | 56120
Jacket
2003-38-35
View Object | 29503
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