The art of Asia

This area explores art from the Neolithic to the Present from East Asia (China, etc.), South Asia (India, etc.), and Southeast Asia (Cambodia, etc.).




Thumbnail Shiva Pashupati Indus Valley Seal
A lord and beasts from the third millennium B.C.E.

An Indus Seal









Detail, Krishna Killing the Horse Demon Keshi, Gupta period, 5th c. CE, terracotta
The Gupta period saw tremendous advances in Indian art and architecture.

The Gupta Period



Queen Sembiyan Mahadevi as the Goddess Parvati, Chola Dynasty (reign of Queen Sembiyan Mahadevi), 10th century, bronze, 107.3 x 33.4 x 25.7 cm (Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, F1929.84)Queen Sembiyan Mahadevi as the Goddess Parvati, Chola Dynasty (reign of Queen Sembiyan Mahadevi), 10th century, bronze, 107.3 x 33.4 x 25.7 cm (Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, F1929.84)
Was the 10th century Chola queen, Sembiyan Mahadevi, so beloved, she was depicted as a goddess?

Queen or goddess?




Dish with copper-red glaze, Ming dynasty, porcelain with copper-red glaze; on the base, a six-character cobalt-oxide (blue reign mark in a double circle under colorless glaze, c. 1426-35, 4.6 x 22 cm (Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.: Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment and Friends of the Freer and Sackler Galleries, F2015.2a-b)
A red so rare, so impossible to make, the process was lost before the end of the Ming Dynasty.

A Ritual Ming dish