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Asian Art


The collection of Asian art at the Metropolitan Museum—more than 35,000 objects, ranging in date from the third millennium B.C. to the twenty-first century—is one of the largest and is the most comprehensive in the West. Each of the many civilizations of Asia is represented by outstanding works, providing an unrivaled experience of the artistic traditions of nearly half the world.

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New Acquisitions Added to Korea: 100 Years of Collecting at the Met

Soyoung Lee, Associate Curator, Department of Asian Art

Posted: Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Don't miss these must-see recent gifts to the Museum, all of which are now installed in the Arts of Korea gallery as part of the exhibition Korea: 100 Years of Collecting at the Met, on view through March 27, 2016.

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Cruel Elegance in an Eight-Hundred-Year-Old Chinese Brocade

Pengliang Lu, Henry A. Kissinger Curatorial Fellow, Department of Asian Art

Posted: Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Reader beware: although elegant in appearance, the textile shown above depicts a moment of cruelty! This extraordinary Jin dynasty (1115–1234) silk brocade with a repeated pattern illustrating a swan hunt is now on view through June 19, 2016, alongside other important and unusual textiles in the exhibition Chinese Textiles: Ten Centuries of Masterpieces from the Met Collection.

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Met Museum Presents Blog

Rebooting the Grand Tour for the Asian Art Centennial

Meryl Cates, Press Officer, Met Museum Presents

Posted: Friday, December 11, 2015

For the past two seasons, the Grand Tour performances have been a two-evening event featuring spectacular concerts in the European Paintings galleries. Not only did the music simply match the galleries' art (as well as countries and time periods), the performances completely complemented and elevated the works to a point of engaging and incorporating them into the program. Again and again, audiences commented on the experience of seeing the art anew—that it actually appeared as if the subject of a painting was listening in. The after-hours Grand Tour concerts were refined, intimate, and beloved. Although the series could have returned again this season, resuming its same format, the opportunity for reinvention was so much more appealing.

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The Art of Display: Mounting Arms and Armor in The Royal Hunt

Sean Patrick Belair, Annette de la Renta Fellow, Department of Arms and Armor

Posted: Wednesday, December 2, 2015

The exhibition The Royal Hunt: Courtly Pursuits in Indian Art, on view through December 8, brings together Rajasthani and Mughal paintings from the collections of the Met's Department of Asian Art and Department of Islamic Art, as well as from private collections. These paintings, which depict the extravagance and pageantry of the hunting culture in the royal courts of India, are shown alongside a selection of Indian hunting weapons and accessories from the Department of Arms and Armor. Among the objects are painted matchlocks, an elephant goad, gunpowder flasks carved with fantastical creatures, weapons decorated with elephants and tigers, and other tools of the hunt.

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Unfolding the Narrative: Depictions of the Royal Hunt

Kalyani Madhura Ramachandran, Former Solow Graduate Intern in South and Southeast Asian Art, Department of Asian Art

Posted: Tuesday, November 24, 2015

As a recent graduate intern in the Department of Asian Art, I had the chance to observe the installation of the exhibition The Royal Hunt: Courtly Pursuits in Indian Art, on view through December 8, 2015. This was a rare opportunity for me to not only interact with a diverse set of experts across the Museum, all of whom worked collaboratively towards putting the exhibition together, but especially to examine up-close the objects on display.

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Modeling the World: Ancient Architectural Models Now on View

Joanne Pillsbury, Andrall E. Pearson Curator, Department of the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas

Posted: Friday, November 6, 2015

The Metropolitan Museum's permanent collection is unusually rich in archaeological architectural effigies—often called models—from around the globe, including works from Middle Bronze Age Syria, Ancient Egypt, and Han Dynasty China. Now, joining these remarkable works under the Met's roof are the fifty Precolumbian models featured in the exhibition Design for Eternity: Architectural Models from the Ancient Americas, on view through September 18, 2016.

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Porcelain Obsession: Denise Patry Leidy on Her New Book, How to Read Chinese Ceramics

Rachel High, Publishing and Marketing Assistant, Editorial Department

Posted: Friday, September 11, 2015

A new publication in the highly popular How to Read series, How to Read Chinese Ceramics, by Denise Patry Leidy, Brooke Russell Astor Curator of Chinese Art and an expert in the field, is perfect for students who want to learn more about this fascinating, centuries-old tradition and is just in time for the start of the school year. This book introduces readers to the principal types of Chinese ceramics and covers the progression and development of the medium, using examples from the Met's comprehensive collection.

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Decorous and Deadly: Weapons of the Royal Hunt in India

Rachel Parikh, Mellon Curatorial Fellow, Department of Arms and Armor

Posted: Thursday, September 10, 2015

The Royal Hunt: Courtly Pursuits in Indian Art, on view through December 8, brings together vibrant Mughal and Rajasthani paintings that depict royalty, nobility, and courtiers engaged in the dynamic yet dangerous sport of hunting. In addition to artworks from the Departments of Asian Art and Islamic Art, a group of weapons and hunting accessories loaned by the Department of Arms and Armor are also on display, which provide not only a greater understanding of the royal hunt, but also a rare opportunity to see these objects in person.

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Teen Blog

Becoming Art through Photography

Gwen W., Former High School Intern

Posted: Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Experiencing art in a gallery is like coming out of a subway station in a new neighborhood and trying to navigate the vast unfamiliarity of the cityscape ahead of you. Crisscrossing lines, variegated colors, and the overlapping patterns of light, architecture, and people draw your eye in every direction, creating an overwhelming visual experience. Though neighborhoods each have their own culture and atmosphere, their boundaries melt into each other, asking you to reorient yourself as you meander through them.

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What's in a Face?

Soyoung Lee, Associate Curator, Department of Asian Art

Posted: Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Portraits can reveal so much about the character of the person depicted, beyond the obvious physical traits. What can you tell about the gentleman in this painting?

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