Asian Collection

Dish with Melon Design
Dish with Melon Design

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
Flat-Sided Flask

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
Parvati

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
In the Hindu religion, Parvati, the consort of Shiva, is the archetypal mother goddess and fertility image. She benevolently mediates between the worshiper and the divine. This graceful sculpture represents the divinity as an ideal beauty.
Portrait of Daruma
Portrait of Daruma

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
Round Dish with Pommel Scrolls

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.
Lotus Bowl
Lotus Bowl

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.
Four Mandalas of the Vajravali Series
Four Mandalas of the Vajravali Series

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
Birds and Flowers of Early Spring

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
The Three Stars of Happiness, Wealth, and Longevity

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
Evening Landscape

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
The Canying Hall

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.
Shallow Bowl
Shallow Bowl

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)
Water Jar (Mizusashi)

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
Wine Flask

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
Landscape in the Style of Dong Yuan

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).
An Exiled Emperor on Okinoshima
An Exiled Emperor on Okinoshima

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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