Asian Collection

Dish with Melon Design is a blue and white porcelain plate decorate with waves, a floral design, melons, leaves, and twisting tendrils
Dish with Melon Design
Dish with Melon Design
Dish with Melon Design is a blue and white porcelain plate decorate with waves, a floral design, melons, leaves, and twisting tendrils

Dish with Melon Design

China
Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
early 15th century
Blue-and-white ware, porcelain, cobalt oxide pigment
H. 3 1/16 in. (7.7 cm); Diam. 17 1/16 in. (43.4 cm)
AP 1970.03
Porcelains of the Ming dynasty, namely the blue-and-white wares produced during the fifteenth century, begin a new chapter in the history of Chinese ceramic art.
Flat-Sided Flask is a blue and white porcelain vessel with an angled, tubular neck and loop handles. It is decorated with a medallion surrounded by geometric and floral designs
Flat-Sided Flask
Flat-Sided Flask
Flat-Sided Flask is a blue and white porcelain vessel with an angled, tubular neck and loop handles. It is decorated with a medallion surrounded by geometric and floral designs

Flat-Sided Flask

China, Jiangxi province, Jingdezhen
Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
early 15th century
Porcelain with cobalt oxide pigment under transparent glaze
13 1/8 x 7 11/16 x 5 1/4 in. (33.3 x 19.5 x 13.3 cm)
AP 1968.11
This elegant porcelain of unusual form is a fine example of the technical and decorative excellence of Ming dynasty blue-and-white wares. The flat-sided flask is known in bronze vessels dating to the sixth century B.C.
Parvati is a bronze standing sculpture representing the divinity as an ideal beauty on a pedestal
Parvati
Parvati
Parvati is a bronze standing sculpture representing the divinity as an ideal beauty on a pedestal

Parvati

India
Vijayanagar period (1336–1565)
15th century
Bronze
35 11/16 x 10 15/16 x 9 5/8 in. (90.7 x 27.8 x 24.5 cm)
AP 1969.13
One of the most striking characteristics of the Hindu religion is the importance of goddesses. Fertility goddesses were an important component of early Indian nature cults and were eventually assimilated into the symbolic repertoire of late Indian religious art.
Portrait of Daruma is a scroll depicting immobile profile of Daruma, created by a few swift strokes at the bottom of the composition.
Portrait of Daruma
Portrait of Daruma
Portrait of Daruma is a scroll depicting immobile profile of Daruma, created by a few swift strokes at the bottom of the composition.

Portrait of Daruma

Attributed to Soga Dasoku (calligraphy attr. to Ikkyu Sojun)
Japanese (Dasoku active c. 1452–1483; Sojun, 1394–1481)
Muromachi period (1392–1573)
15th century
Hanging scroll; ink on paper
36 9/16 x 13 9/16 in. (92.8 x 34.5 cm)
AP 1970.07
Daruma, known also by the Sanskrit name Bodhidharma, is the legendary first patriarch of Zen Buddhism. He is said to have been a south Indian prince who introduced the meditative sect of Buddhism to China in the sixth century.
Round Dish with Pommel Scrolls is made of shiny carved black lacquer with red layers
Round Dish with Pommel Scrolls
Round Dish with Pommel Scrolls
Round Dish with Pommel Scrolls is made of shiny carved black lacquer with red layers

Round Dish with Pommel Scrolls

China
Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
15th–16th century
Carved black lacquer with red layers (tixi)
13 7/8 in. diameter (35.2 cm diameter)
AP 1993.03
Carved, “marbled” lacquer (tixi), a variety unique to China, was made from at least the Song dynasty (A.D. 960–1279) onwards.
The interior of Lotus Bowl is decorated with a combination of scrolling flowers and a wave border, while stylized lotus petals and a key fret border adorn the exterior.
Lotus Bowl
Lotus Bowl
The interior of Lotus Bowl is decorated with a combination of scrolling flowers and a wave border, while stylized lotus petals and a key fret border adorn the exterior.

Lotus Bowl

China, Jiangxi province, Jingdezhen
Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
Xuande period and reign mark (1426–35)
Porcelain with cobalt oxide pigment under transparent glaze
H. 4 3/16 in. (10.6 cm); Diam. 8 3/16 in. (20.8 cm)
AP 1970.14
Porcelain decorated with underglaze cobalt was much favored during the fifteenth century, and the color and intensity of the blue are typical of the period. This well-potted bowl is a very fine example of the standard type made during the Yongle (1403–24) and Xuande (1426–35) periods.
In Four Mandalas of the Vajravali Series, the Thangka depicts four individual mandalas  incorporated into an all-encompassing mandala of the Five Pancharaksha Goddesses
Four Mandalas of the Vajravali Series
Four Mandalas of the Vajravali Series
In Four Mandalas of the Vajravali Series, the Thangka depicts four individual mandalas  incorporated into an all-encompassing mandala of the Five Pancharaksha Goddesses

Four Mandalas of the Vajravali Series

Central Tibet, Tsang (Ngor Monastery), Sakya order
c. 1429–56
Thangka, gouache on cotton
35 x 29 in. (88.9 x 73.7 cm)
AP 2000.01
Most Tibetan art was created in connection with the complex rituals and meditational practices of Vajrayana Buddhism (the Diamond Path), in which mandalas (cosmic diagrams) are employed as visual representations of the sacred realms inhabited by a host of deities.
Birds and Flowers of Early Spring is a silk hanging scroll with ink and pigment rocks, water, trees, blossoms, and birds.
Birds and Flowers of Early Spring
Birds and Flowers of Early Spring
Birds and Flowers of Early Spring is a silk hanging scroll with ink and pigment rocks, water, trees, blossoms, and birds.

Birds and Flowers of Early Spring

Yin Hong
Chinese (active c. 1500)
Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
c. 1500
Hanging scroll; ink and mineral pigments on silk
66 7/16 x 40 7/16 in. (168.7 x 102.7 cm)
AP 1982.08
Colorful flower-and-bird paintings were created by courtpainters during the Ming dynasty (1368–1644) to decorate the grand halls of imperial palaces, where they could also serve as metaphors for the emperor and his court.
The Three Stars of Happiness, Wealth, and Longevity is a silk hanging scroll, which depicts a trio of Taoist deities who are charged with caring for the well being of individuals.
The Three Stars of Happiness, Wealth, and Longevity
The Three Stars of Happiness, Wealth, and Longevity
The Three Stars of Happiness, Wealth, and Longevity is a silk hanging scroll, which depicts a trio of Taoist deities who are charged with caring for the well being of individuals.

The Three Stars of Happiness, Wealth, and Longevity

Wang Zhao
Chinese (active 1500–1525)
Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
c. 1500
Hanging scroll; ink and light colors on silk
62 1/2 x 37 1/2 in. (158.7 x 95.2 cm)
AP 1985.06
This bold and lively painting by the eccentric artist Wang Zhao depicts a trio of Taoist deities who are charged with caring for the well being of individuals. In popular legend each deity is derived from a historical person, and although grouped as a trio here, each is worshiped separately.
Evening Landscape is a hanging paper scroll with an ink drawing of a dramatic mountain which dominates this painting rises out of the mist. Specific motifs, such as the flock of geese at the right, the temple nestled in mountain peaks, and the moon at the left, are references to a famous Chinese poetic theme
Evening Landscape
Evening Landscape
Evening Landscape is a hanging paper scroll with an ink drawing of a dramatic mountain which dominates this painting rises out of the mist. Specific motifs, such as the flock of geese at the right, the temple nestled in mountain peaks, and the moon at the left, are references to a famous Chinese poetic theme

Evening Landscape

Japan
Muromachi period (1392–1573)
c. 1540
Hanging scroll; ink and light color on paper
11 7/16 x 18 3/16 in. (29 x 46.2 cm)
AP 1969.15
The dramatic mountain which dominates this painting rises out of the mist, placing the foreground path and distant peaks in perspective.
The Canying Hall is a paper hanging scroll  thought to depict the artist's own villa. A scholar plays the qin (Chinese lute) for his guest within a walled enclosure, while nearby a servant can be seen tending chrysanthemums.
The Canying Hall
The Canying Hall
The Canying Hall is a paper hanging scroll  thought to depict the artist's own villa. A scholar plays the qin (Chinese lute) for his guest within a walled enclosure, while nearby a servant can be seen tending chrysanthemums.

The Canying Hall

Lu Zhi
Chinese (1496–1576)
Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
1572
Hanging scroll; ink and light colors on paper
54 3/4 x 27 1/2 in. (139 x 69.9 cm)
AP 1981.15
During the Ming dynasty (1368–1644), the city of Suzhou became the center for a group of painters known as the Wu school. Lu Zhi was distinguished among these artists for an eclectic style that combined elements from both the amateur (literati) and professional traditions.
The side of, Shallow Bowl, is deeply cracked, but tea connoisseurs admired its unusual pink color which was produced from a light coating of iron oxide.
Shallow Bowl
Shallow Bowl
The side of, Shallow Bowl, is deeply cracked, but tea connoisseurs admired its unusual pink color which was produced from a light coating of iron oxide.

Shallow Bowl

Japan
Momoyama period (1573–1615)
Late 16th century
Stoneware with red and gray glaze (Shino ware)
H. 2 in. (5.1 cm); Diam.6 5/16 in. (16 cm)
APx 1976.09
Shino, a collective term for pottery wares covered with a thick white feldspar glaze, was one of the most radiant developments in Japanese ceramics.
Water Jar (Mizusashi) is a stoneware jar with wood-ash glaze, sturdy shape, and warm natural finish.
Water Jar (Mizusashi)
Water Jar (Mizusashi)
Water Jar (Mizusashi) is a stoneware jar with wood-ash glaze, sturdy shape, and warm natural finish.

Water Jar (Mizusashi)

Japan
Momoyama period (1573–1615)
late 16th century
Stoneware with wood-ash glaze (Bizen ware)
8 1/4 x 8 11/16 in. (20.9 x 22.1 cm)
AP 1973.01
The Bizen kilns near the town of Imbe in Okayama prefecture are known to have been active since the thirteenth century.
Wine Flask is a simple, conservative, yet striking wood vessel with broad, softly rounded shoulders curving to a sharp edge that sets off the extreme slope of the body to the narrow waist and broad, flat foot.
Wine Flask
Wine Flask
Wine Flask is a simple, conservative, yet striking wood vessel with broad, softly rounded shoulders curving to a sharp edge that sets off the extreme slope of the body to the narrow waist and broad, flat foot.

Wine Flask

Japan
Momoyama period (1573–1615)
late 16th or early 17th century
Wood with black and red lacquer (Negoro ware)
11 3/4 x 8 3/4 in. (29.9 x 22.3 cm)
AP 1981.16
Negoro lacquerwares constitute a special group of simple food-serving utensils that are distinctive for their solid, cinnabar red finish and austere, functional forms.
Landscape in the Style of Dong Yuan is a paper hanging scroll which depicts a tall, narrow landscape crowded with wooded mountains, winding paths, torrents, and leafy trees executed in ink and pale colors.
Landscape in the Style of Dong Yuan
Landscape in the Style of Dong Yuan
Landscape in the Style of Dong Yuan is a paper hanging scroll which depicts a tall, narrow landscape crowded with wooded mountains, winding paths, torrents, and leafy trees executed in ink and pale colors.

Landscape in the Style of Dong Yuan

Wen Jia
Chinese (1501–1583)
Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
1577
Hanging scroll; ink and light colors on paper
65 3/4 x 20 1/2 in. (167 x 52 cm)
AP 1980.01
Wen Jia, a recognized poet, critic, and connoisseur of painting, was the second son of Wen Zhengming (1470–1559), one of the literati artists of the Wu school in Suzhou during the Ming dynasty (1368–1644).
Detail of right two panels with exiled emperor in a hut
An Exiled Emperor on Okinoshima
An Exiled Emperor on Okinoshima
Detail of right two panels with exiled emperor in a hut

An Exiled Emperor on Okinoshima

Japan
Momoyama period (1573–1615)
c. 1600
Six-fold screen; ink, gold, silver, and pigments on paper
58 1/4 x 137 in. (148 x 348 cm)
AP 1971.11
In this melancholy scene, the large sea of rough, billowing waves, the nobleman seated in the hut with only his books and koto as companions, and the dusky tones of ink and silver and gold, suggest the solitude of a distant island.

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