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At the Museum's inception in 1941, nineteen Chinese robes were given by Mrs. Philip Stewart, and, at the same time, ninety-two Asian stone and wood religious sculptures and ceramic works from the Charles Henry Ludington collection were loaned for permanent display (and later donated). These objects, along with select acquisitions made by Ina T. Campbell in the 1940s, formed the nucleus of the Museum's Asian holdings. This collection was further enriched by significant gifts in the past two decades--Kiyochika prints, Chinese textiles and ceramics, jades, Japanese lacquer, and Tibetan art. Today the Asian collection consists of over 2,600 objects in a variety of media, and spans a period of 4,000 years from diverse Asian cultures--China, Japan, India, Tibet, and Southeast Asia. Included are Hindu and Buddhist sculptures, Chinese ceramics dating from the Neolithic (ca. 2,500 BC) to the 19th century, Japanese woodblock prints from the 18th through the early 20th centuries, and over one hundred Chinese Qing dynasty costumes and textiles.

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Selected Works from the Asian Art Collection:
*Not all works listed are currently on view
 
Shiokawa Bunrin, Japanese, 1808-1877, Assemblage of Folk Tale Characters: otsu-e Picture Subjects, 1871, Ink and light color on silk, 65 x 36 5/8" (165 x 93cm), Museum purchase with funds provided by the Friends of Asian Art, Private Donations and Special Acquisition Funds., 1981.23
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Shiokawa BUNRIN
Japanese, 1808-1877 
Assemblage of Folk 
Tale Characters from,
Ōtsu-e Pictures
, 1871
Ink and light color on silk,
hanging scroll
65 x 36 5/8"

Museum purchase with funds provided by the Friends of Asian Art, Private Donations and Special Acquisition Funds.
1981.23
Zodiac Figures, Chinese, Six dynasties - Sui dynasty, 6th c., Earthenware, set of 12, approx. 9 x 4" each (48.5 x 10cm), Gift of Joseph Halle Schaffner Estate, 1973.85.1-12
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Zodiac Figures
Chinese, Northern dynasties - Sui dynasty, 6th – 7th century
Gray earthenware with traces of pigment, set of 12
approx. 9 x 4" each

Gift of Joseph Halle Schaffner Estate
1973.85.1-12
       
Conical Bowl, Chinese, N. Song Dynasty (960-1127), Northern celadon, porcelaneous stoneware with olive green glaze over impressed peony design, 2 x 6 (dia.)" (5 x 15cm), Gift of Wright S. Ludington in memory of Charles Henry Ludington, 1983.27.28
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Conical Bowl
Chinese Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127)
Yaozhou ware, porcelaneous stoneware with olive green glaze and molded floral decoration
1 7/8 x 6" (diameter)

Gift of Wright S. Ludington in memory of Charles Henry Ludington
1983.27.28
Balarama as the Eighth Avatar of Vishnu, Indian, 11th century, Buff sandstone, 31 x 20" (78.5 x 50.8cm), Gift of Wright S. Ludington, 1968.3
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Balarama as the Eighth
Avatar of Vishnu

Indian 
11th century
Buff sandstone
31 x 20"

Gift of Wright S. Ludington
1968.3
       
Gao Fenghan, Chinese, 1683-1749, Impression of Mts. Jin and Jiao, 1745, Ink on paper, hanging scroll, 69 1/2 x 39 1/4" (image) (146.5 x 57cm), Museum purchase with funds provided by Marguerite Putman Keyes, 1982.58
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GAO Fenghan
Chinese, 1683-1749 
Impression of Mountains
Jin and Jiao
, 1745
Ink on paper, hanging scroll
96 1/2 x 29 3/4" (mount with roller)
69 1/2 x 39 1/4" (image)

Museum purchase with funds provided by Marguerite Putman Keyes
1982.58
Katsushika Hokusai, Japanese, 1760-1849, Mount Fuji Seen from Waterwheel at Onden, Colored woodblock print on paper, 9 5/8 x 14 1/4" (24.5 x 36cm), The Frederick B. Kellam Collection, 1971.3.20
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Katsushika HOKUSA
Japanese, 1760-1849 
Mount Fuji Seen from Waterwheel at Onden, 1823 – 1829 from the series “Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji” 
Colored woodblock print on paper
9 5/8 x 14 1/4"

Gift of the Frederick B. Kellam Collection
1971.3.20
       
Mandala of a Goddess, Tibetan, 16th-17th c., Opaque watercolor on cotton, 22 x 18 1/4" (51.0 x 46.0cm), Gift of Mrs. Clare Harrison, 1969.15.1
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Mandala of a Goddess
Tibetan 
16th-17th century
Opaque watercolor on cotton
22 x 18 1/4"

Gift of Mrs. Clare Harrison
1969.15.1
Standing Bodhisattva Guanyin, Chinese, Jin Dynasty (1115-1234), Polychromed wood, 64 1/2 x 18 x 15" (164 x 45 x 38cm), Gift of Wright S. Ludington in memory of Charles Henry Ludington, 1983.27.11
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Standing Bodhisattva Guanyin
Chinese 
Jin Dynasty (1115-1234)
Wood with polychrome
64 1/2 x 18 x 15"

Gift of Wright S. Ludington in memory of Charles Henry Ludington
1983.27.11
 
     
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