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.).








Edo period
The Edo period saw an intensified circulation of visual vocabulary and aesthetic principles between mediums (paintings, ceramics, lacquerware, and textiles often shared the similar motifs) and crossing different registers of culture from design to popular culture to nostalgia for a romanticized pre-modern past.

Edo period, an introduction










Jar, Yayoi period, ca. 100-300, earthenware with incised decoration, H. 10 in. (Metropolitan Museum of Art)
Around 300 B.C.E., people from the Asian continent who were cultivating crops began to migrate to the Japanese islands where they began to make objects like copper and bronze bells.

Yayoi period, an introduction







Jain diagram Two and a Half Continents, Adhai-dvipa, c. 18th century (British Library)
Professor Balbir introduces the distinctive cosmology of the Jain religion, discussing how it is structured and understood by followers of the faith.

Jain cosmology