The Asian collection includes many ancient and historic objects from China, Japan, South Korea, Tibet, Turkey, and Iran. Through a founding gift made by Owen and Leone Elliot, many examples of jade and ivory entered the museum collection from Song, Ming, and Ching Dynasty China, as well as woodblock prints from Edo- and Meiji-era Japan. Notable ancient works from China include ceramic pottery, gold ornaments, and Buddhist sculptures from the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation. Two scroll paintings that have received substantial scholarly attention are also from ancient China: Xiangjian Huang’s Scenery on the San-tu Pass (1657), and Wang Hui’s Setting out at Dawn on the Autumn River (1715). The collection also includes a small selection of textiles from China, northern India, and Sumatra as well as 50 Turkish wool and cotton rugs and storage bags gifted by Keith Achepohl in 2012. From southern Asia, the collection also features the Waswo X. Waswo Collection of Indian Printmaking, which includes nearly 300 modern and contemporary works created by more than 120 artists, such as Prathap Modi, Kurma Nadham, Durga Prasad Bandi, Soghra Khurasani, and Kalpathi Ganpathi Subramanyan.

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Collection Highlights

Head of Bodhisattva (Tang Dynasty, 618–906)

Head of a Bodhisattva

Unrecorded artist; China
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Virginal Ceremony

Moutushi Chakraborty
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Tamba sake bottle

Unrecorded artist; Japan
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Man's jifu (semiformal court robe)

Unrecorded artist; China
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Kasik Torbasi (Spoon Bag)

Unrecorded artist; Turkey
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The Great Wave

Katsushika Hokusai
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Kilim (rug)

Unrecorded artist; Turkey
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Untitled

G. R. Santosh