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The Asian Collection and the Robert F. Reiff Gallery of Asian Art

Buddhism, Hinduism, and Islam, extinct Central Asian scripts and precious Chinese jade, Japanese armor and Noh robes, gilded lacquer, porcelains for palaces and sculptures for tombs; our small but growing collection explores the cultural traditions of Asia from the fourth millennium B.C.E. to the eighteenth century C.E. through fine and rare examples of art. Although not all the pieces are permanently on display, regular rotations allow visitors to engage with these rich and varied traditions. In addition to pieces from the permanent collection, loans from the Barbara and Robert P. ’64 Youngman Collection and other lenders are regularly exhibited.

Vishnu Stele Full Image

date:
12th century

medium:
black chloritic schist, 38 x ?? x ?? inches

nationality:
Indian, Bengal

period:
Sena kingdom

Object no: 2004.050

Purchase with funds provided by the Christian A. Johnson Memorial Fund

Two Scenes from the Life of Buddha Full Image

date:
2nd–3rd century

medium:
stone, 16 x 14 inches (detail)

nationality:
Gandharan (northeastern Pakistan and southern Afghanistan)

Object no: 1972.002

Purchase with funds provided by the Friends of Art Acquisition Fund

Prajnaparamita Sutra Cover Full Image

date:
12th–14th century

medium:
gilded and painted wood, 8 x 27 1/8 x 1 inches

nationality:
Tibetan

Object no: 2005.031

Purchase with funds provided by the Christian A. Johnson Memorial Fund and the Barbara P. and Robert P. ’64 Youngman Acquisition Fund for Asian Art

Caparisoned Horse Full Image

date:
534–550

medium:
polychrome ceramic, 12 3/4 x 12 1/2 x 7 3/4 inches (detail)

nationality:
Chinese

period:
Eastern Wei dynasty

Object no: 2004.015

Purchase with funds provided by the Friends of Art Acquisition Fund

Ritual Ewer (gui) Full Image

artist/maker:
Dawenkou culture

date:
4th–3rd millennium B.C.E.

medium:
earthenware, 11 x 7 1/4 x 7 inches

nationality:
Chinese

period:
Neolithic

Object no: 2004.017

Purchase with funds provided by the Barbara P. and Robert P. ’64 Youngman Acquisition Fund for Asian Art

Li Bai Contemplating the Moon

artist/maker:
Wu Liangzhi

date:
late 16th–early 17th century

medium:
hanging scroll, ink and color on silk, 65 x 40 inches

nationality:
Chinese

Object no: 2004.022

Puchase with funds provided by the Christian A. Johnson Memorial Fund

Figure of Avalokiteshvara (Guanyin) Full Image

date:
dated by inscription 568 C.E.

medium:
gilt bronze, H. 7 3/8 inches

nationality:
Chinese

period:
Northern Qi dynasty

Object no: 2005.042

Purchase with funds provided by the Barbara P. and Robert P. ’64 Youngman Acquisition Fund for Asian Art

Fragment of a Lotus Sutra Full Image

date:
7th century, croll

medium:
ink on paper, H. 10 5/8 inches (detail)

nationality:
Chinese, Dunhuang

Object no: 2006.020

Purchase with funds provided by the Walter Cerf Art Fund

Hyakumanto Pagoda and Printed Buddhist Incantation (dharani) Full Image

date:
c. 767–770

medium:
wood with lead white covering; incantation: ink on paper, H. 8 1/2 inches

nationality:
Japanese

period:
Nara

Object no: 2004.025

Purchase with funds provided by the Christian A. Johnson Memorial Fund and the Barbara P. and Robert P. ’64 Youngman Acquisition Fund for Asian Art

Karaori Noh Robe Full Image

date:
early 19th century

medium:
silk, warp-float twill with supplementary brocading wefts, 62 1/2 x 65 1/4 inches

nationality:
Japanese

period:
Edo period (1603–1867)

Object no: 2004.049

Purchase with funds provided by the Barbara P. and Robert P. ’64 Youngman Acquisition Fund for Asian Art

Clothes Box Full Image

date:
18th century

medium:
basketry with makie lacquer decoration, 9 1/2 x 14 1/2 x 11 1/2 inches (detail)

nationality:
Japanese

period:
Edo period (1603–1868)

Object no: 2005.030

Purchase with funds provided by the Christian A. Johnson Memorial Fund

Shogi Set with Tokugawa Crest Full Image

date:
18th century

medium:
lacquered wood, ivory pieces

nationality:
Japanese

Object no: 2005.045

Purchase with funds provided by the Barbara P. and Robert P. ’64 Youngman Acquisition Fund for Asian Art