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Art & Design

Asian Art

  • The Asian Art collection spans a period of almost 5,000 years and covering the geographic areas of East Asia, South and Southeast Asia, and the Islamic world. The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller collection of Japanese bird-and-flower prints (Kacho-ga), spans the development of this category of material during the Edo period (1603-1868). The Asian sculpture collection ranges from Indian Buddhist and Hindu materials to Chinese and Japanese including the later twelfth-century wooden Dainichi Nyorai Buddha, the largest (about nine feet tall) seated Japanese figural sculpture in the United States. The collection of three-dimensional objects includes ceramics; carved jades and hardstones; ivory, wood, stone, and metal sculpture; and bronze, brass, and other metalwork. The Islamic and Indian collections together include works of art in all media that celebrate the artistic heritage of the Arab, Indian, Persian, and Turkish cultures.

Selected objects from Asian Art