Asian Art Musuem - Part II
Continue my checkout of the musuem after the Tezuka show. The museum’s collection galleries on the second and third floors feature more than 2,500 artworks and offer a comprehensive introduction to all the major cultures of Asia. The collection galleries are divided into seven geographic regions: South Asia; the Persian World and West Asia; Southeast Asia; the Himalayas and the Tibetan Buddhist World; China; Korea; and Japan. Winding through all the galleries are three major themes: the development of Buddhism; trade and cultural exchange; and local beliefs and practices.
In fact, the building of the musuem itself is an art.
Here is Haniwa in the green flag. Haniwa in the form of a warrior, approx. 500–600. Japan; excavated at Fujioka, Gunma Prefecture. Kofun period (250–600). Earthenware. The Avery Brundage Collection, B60S204. Part I has the photo of the real thing.
Here is the Hindu deities Shiva and Parvati, 1000–1100. Cambodia; former kingdom of Angkor. Metamorphosed volcanic rock. The Avery Brundage Collection, B66S2 and B66S3.
This is the elephant throne (howdah), approx. 1870–1920. India, Madhya Pradesh state. Partially gilded and painted silver over wood, with velvet and wicker. Acquisition made possible by the Hamon Charitable Foundation, 2001.12.