Asian Collection

Head of a Jina
Head of a Jina

Head of a Jina

India, Rajasthan or Madhya Pradesh
Medieval period (c. 600–1200)
11th century
Gray pink sandstone
30 3/8 x 26 1/4 x 21 in. (77.1 x 66.7 x 53.3 cm)
AG 1968.01
This massive head belonged to a colossal statue representing one of the twenty-four saviors of the Jain religion.
Melon-Shaped Ewer
Melon-Shaped Ewer

Melon-Shaped Ewer

China
Song dynasty (960–1279)
11th or 12th century
Porcelain with pale greenish blue glaze (Qingbai ware)
H. 6 in. (15.2 cm); Diam. 5 7/8 in. (14.9 cm)
AG 1976.01
Qingbai ware, prized for its elegant restraint, was produced near the great ceramic center of Jingdezhen in Jiangxi province, in south China. These delicate porcelains are distinguished by a clear, bluish white glaze over incised, combed, or molded decoration.
Mirror with Dragons
Mirror with Dragons

Mirror with Dragons

China
Song dynasty (960–1279)
11th–13th century
Bronze
9 1/4 in. diameter (23.5 cm diameter)
AG 1973.07
Bronze mirrors were essential items in the toilet sets of aristocratic ladies; they survive because of the East Asian custom of placing them in tombs. As with other luxury goods so deposited, the mirrors were meant to be used by the dead in the spirit world.
Parvati
Parvati

Parvati

India
Chola period (c. 850–1310)
c. 11th century
Bronze
22 3/4 x 8 3/8 x 6 3/8 in. (57.8 x 21.3 x 16.2 cm)
AG 1970.03
From the ninth to the thirteenth century, the Chola kingdom in South India originated a tradition of cast bronze Hindu sculpture in the round. Metal statues were used as icons and processional images in place of stone sculptures found in temples.
Wine Jar with Cover
Wine Jar with Cover

Wine Jar with Cover

China
Song dynasty (960–1279)
11th–12th century
Stoneware with olive green glaze (Zhejiang ware)
H. 12 1/2 in. (31.7 cm); Diam. 5 5/8 in. (14.3 cm)
AP 1970.08 a,b
The interior rim of the cover for this jar bears an inscription suggesting it was made to hold a funerary offering of wine; however, the purpose of the five vertical tubes on the shoulder which do not penetrate the body is obscure.
Bodhisattva Khasarpana Lokeshvara
Bodhisattva Khasarpana Lokeshvara

Bodhisattva Khasarpana Lokeshvara

India, Bengal
Pala period (750–1174)
c. 11th–12th century
Gray schist
49 3/16 x 31 5/8 x 14 1/8 in. (124.9 x 80.3 x 35.9 cm)
AP 1970.13
The increasing complexity of imagery and iconographic detail in late Pala art paralleled the growing popularity of Esoteric Buddhism in eastern India.
Bowl
Bowl

Bowl

Korean
Goryeo dynasty (918–1392)
12th or 13th century
Stoneware with dark green and white inlay and celadon glaze
H. 2 5/16 in. (5.8 cm); Diam. 7 1/4 in. (18.4 cm)
AP 1970.11
The interior of this bowl displays a variation on the slip-inlay technique known as reverse inlay (yoksanggam), in which the background portion of the design is carved out and filled with white slip.
Bowl Carved with Design of Boys Among Peonies
Bowl Carved with Design of Boys Among Peonies

Bowl Carved with Design of Boys Among Peonies

China, Jiangxi province
Southern Song dynasty (1127–1279)
12th century
Porcelain with pale blue glaze (Qingbai ware)
H. 3 in. (7.6 cm); Diam. 7 3/4 in. (19.7 cm)
AP 1995.07
Among the finest porcelain wares ever produced, qingbai (bluish white) constitutes one of the main groups of porcelain manufactured during the Song dynasty (A.D. 960–1279).
Bowl with Lotus Design
Bowl with Lotus Design

Bowl with Lotus Design

China
Song dynasty (960–1279)
12th or 13th century
Stoneware with olive green glaze
H. 2 13/16 in. (7.1 cm); Diam. 7 1/4 in. (18.4 cm)
AP 1971.16
Graceful shapes, rich greenish glazes, and distinctively carved designs are salient features of the restrained jade colored wares known as “northern celadon.” The name alludes to its development in the northern provinces of Shaanxi and Henan during the Northern Song period (960–1127).
Bowl with Wave Design
Bowl with Wave Design

Bowl with Wave Design

China
Song dynasty (960–1279)
12th or 13th century
Stoneware with olive green glaze
H. 2 1/2 in. (6.4 cm); Diam. 6 1/4 in. (15.9 cm)
AP 1970.09
Graceful shapes, rich greenish glazes, and distinctively carved designs are salient features of the restrained jade colored wares known as “northern celadon.” The name alludes to its development in the northern provinces of Shaanxi and Henan during the Northern Song period (960–1127).
Cosmetic Box
Cosmetic Box

Cosmetic Box

Korean
Goryeo dynasty (918–1392)
12th or 13th century
Stoneware with black and white inlay and celadon glaze
H. 1 9/16 in. (4 cm); Diam. 3 9/16 in. (9 cm)
AP 1972.15 a,b
Cosmetic boxes and small squat oil bottles were made for the court and aristocrats in the Koryo dynasty. The boxes all have flat lids with rounded shoulders, a shape that had its origins in the metalwork of the time.
Ewer
Ewer

Ewer

Korean
Goryeo dynasty (918–1392)
12th or 13th century
Stoneware with celadon glaze over underglaze iron oxide
H. 7 7/8 in. (20 cm); Diam. 5 1/16 in. (12.9 cm)
AP 1972.14 a,b
Painted celadons dating to the Koryo dynasty bear resemblance to Chinese Cizhou wares and seem to represent a transition between the plain glazed and the inlaid Korean celadons.
Wine Cup and Stand
Wine Cup and Stand

Wine Cup and Stand

Korean
Goryeo dynasty (918–1392)
12th century
Stoneware with celadon glaze
H. 3 15/16 in. (10 cm); Diam. 5 11/16 in. (14.5 cm)
AP 1970.12 a,b
Korean celadon wares, among the most highly prized of all Asian ceramics, were originally inspired by Chinese celadons of the Song dynasty (960–1279). The Korean glazes are more thinly applied than Chinese examples, and unstable kiln conditions produced wide variations in color.
Manjushri on a Lion
Manjushri on a Lion

Manjushri on a Lion

China
Southern Song or Jin dynasty (1127–1279/1115–1234)
c. 1150–1300
Gilt bronze
23 x 15 1/2 in. (58.4 x 39.3 cm)
AP 1987.05 a,b
Of the many deities that played a role in Chinese Buddhism, Manjushri (in Chinese, Wenshu), the bodhisattva of wisdom, is among the most appealing.
Bottle
Bottle

Bottle

Korean
Goryeo dynasty (918–1392)
late 12th or early 13th century
Stoneware with black and white inlay and celadon glaze
H. 12 3/16 in. (31 cm); Diam. 6 7/8 in. (17.5 cm)
AP 1969.12
The wine bottle shape, with an ovoid body tapering gracefully into a tall, flaring neck, is one of the classic vessel shapes of the Koryo dynasty. It occurs frequently in bronze as well as celadon, and also in ordinary gray black pottery.
Buddha Enthroned
Buddha Enthroned

Buddha Enthroned

Thailand, Chaiyaphun province
Angkor period (802–1431)
c. 1180–1220
Bronze
69 3/16 x 25 7/8 x 16 1/4 in. (175.7 x 65.7 x 41.3 cm)
AP 1966.09
The identification of Buddhist monarchs with overt symbols of worldly wealth and power was characteristic of the time of the Angkor king Jayavarman VII (1181–c. 1218).

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