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Toyokan was reopened on January 2, 2013. The galleries feature art and artifacts from regions including China, Korea, Southeast Asia, Central Asia, India, and Egypt.

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1st floor

  
Chinese Buddhist Sculpture
Room 1  April 10, 2018 (Tue) - April 7, 2019 (Sun)

This section mainly features stone or gilt bronze Buddhist statues from about the 6th to the 8th century. The statues on display present the exquisite form of sculptures from the golden era of Buddhist statues in China.

Current exhibit includes:
Seated Buddha, China, Sixteen Kingdoms period, 4th century
Standing Avalokitesvara, China, Northern Wei dynasty, dated 524
Seated Bodhisattva with One Leg Pendent and Four Attendants, China, Northern Qi dynasty, 6th century
Standing Buddha Triad, China, Eastern Wei dynasty, 6th century, Important Cultural Property
Ekadasamukha in a Niche, Baoqingsi temple, Xi'an, Shaanxi province, China, Tang dynasty, 8th century (Important Cultural Property, Gift of Mr. Hosokawa Moritatsu)

 

2nd floor

  
Oasis2 Education Space: Journey Information
Room 2  January 2, 2017 (Mon) - April 7, 2019 (Sun)

Introducing various journeys with images

  
Large Dry Lacquer Vessel
Room 2  April 10, 2018 (Tue) - March 31, 2019 (Sun)

Large Dry Lacquer Vessel, Attributed provenance: Hui County, Henan Province, China, Warring States period, 5th–3rd century BC (Important Art Object, Lent by the OKURA MUSEUM OF ART, Tokyo)

  
Sculptures from India and Gandhara
Room 3  June 27, 2017 (Tue) - June 24, 2018 (Sun)

This part mainly features Buddhist statues from Gandhara (northwestern Pakistan) and Mathura (northern, central India) from the 2nd to the 5th century. The wide variety of sculptures on display is a notable feature.

Current exhibit includes:
Seated Buddha, Kushan dynasty, 2nd–3rd century
Worshipping of the Bowl and Cross-legged Bodhisattvas,
3rd–4th century (Gift of Ms. Yano Tsuruko)
Preaching Buddha,
Kushan dynasty, 3rd century
Seated Bodhisattva,
Pala dynasty, 9th–10th century

  
Art of the Western Regions
Room 3  June 19, 2018 (Tue) - July 29, 2018 (Sun)

This part introduces art of the Western Regions (Central Asia) from about the 1st to the 10th century, with a focus on Buddhist art. The highlight of this part is the rich variety of works with high artistic and historical significance.

Current exhibit includes:
Head of Bodhisattva, China, Otani collection, 7th–8th century
Head of Bodhisattva, Kumtura caves, China, Otani collection, 7th–8th century
Head of Bodhisattva, Tumushuk, China, Pelliot collection, 4th–5th century, Acquired through exchange with Musee Guimet

  
Artifacts from West Asia and Egypt
Room 3  May 15, 2018 (Tue) - July 29, 2018 (Sun)

This part intrduces artifacts from West Asia and Egypt, known as the cradle of the earliest civilization.

Current exhibit includes:
Jar with Wavy Handles, Excavated in Egypt, Predynastic period, 4th millennium BC (Gift of Mr. B. Dean)
Tomb Relief of Iny,
Excavated at Saqqara, Egypt, Old Kingdom (6th dynasty, around the reign of Pepi II), 2254–2194 BC
Foundation Peg with a God Figure,
Excavated in southern Iraq, Sumerian Early Dynastic period, 25th–24th century BC
Battle Axe,
Excavated in Luristan, Iran, Late 2nd–early 1st millennium BC
Glazed Tiles,
Iron Age, 8th–7th century BC
Pyxis with Gold Ornamentation,
Excavated in Alexandria, Egypt or Italy, 1st century BC–1st century AD (Private collection)
Dish with Humped Bull Design,
Excavated in Iran, Late Hellenistic–Parthian period, second half of 3rd–first half of 1st century BC
Large Jar, Blue glaze,
Excavated in Iran, Islamic period, 13th–14th century

3rd floor

  
The Advent of Chinese Civilization
Room 4  June 5, 2018 (Tue) - October 14, 2018 (Sun)

This section focuses on pottery and jade objects from about 3000 BC to AD 200. The items on display present the beauty that ancient Chinese people pursued in the form and color of pottery, as well as the characteristic luster of jade.

Current exhibit includes:
Oracle Bones, Excavated at Yinxu, Anyang, Henan province, China, Shang dynasty, 13th–11th century BC
Jade Axe, Neolithic period, 3rd millennium BC
Jade Bi Ornament, Dragon design, Warring States period-Western Han dynasty, 4th–2nd century BC
Roof Tile, Taotie design, Warring States period (Yan state), 5th–4th century BC

  
Chinese Bronzes
Room 5  February 6, 2018 (Tue) - June 24, 2018 (Sun)

This part focuses on Chinese bronzes from about 1800 BC to AD 1000. The changing shapes and designs of the bronzes on display provide clues to the thoughts and shifting religious beliefs of ancient Chinese.

Current exhibit includes:
Sword, China, Spring and Autumn-Warring States period, 6th–5th century BC
Umbrella Finials, China, Warring States period, 4th–3rd century BC
Finial, Animal shape, Northern frontier, China, Spring and Autumn period, 6th–5th century BC
Bu Jar, Taotie design, China, Shang dynasty, 13th–11th century BC

  
Burials in China
Room 5  June 5, 2018 (Tue) - October 21, 2018 (Sun)

This part introduces burial items of tombs from about the 2nd century BC to the 8th century AD. Mingqi are models of various implements and equipment, such as cooking stoves, vehicles including carriages and oxcarts, and even toilets. Tomb figures are models of humans who served a master, such as servants and entertainers. The objects on display present the idealized lifestyle that people of this time entrusted to mingqi and tomb figures.

Current exhibit includes:
Woman, With pigment, China, Western Han dynasty, 2nd century BC (Gift of Mr. Hirota Matsushige)
Vase with Dragon Handles, Three-color glaze with applied ornaments, China, Tang dynasty, 8th century Important Cultural Property, Gift of Dr. Yokogawa Tamisuke)
Tomb Guardian, Three-color glaze, China, Tang dynasty, 7th-8th century (Gift of Dr. Yokogawa Tamisuke)

  
Chinese Ceramics
Room 5  May 22, 2018 (Tue) - September 2, 2018 (Sun)

This part presents the changing expressions of Chinese ceramics from the 7th to the 19th century.

Current exhibit includes:
Ewer with Phoenix Head, White porcelain, Tang dynasty, 7th century (Important Cultural Property, Gift of Dr. Yokogawa Tamisuke)
Ewer, Celadon glaze with carved peony design,
Longquan ware, China, Ming dynasty, 15th century (Important Art Object, Private collection)
Jar, Fish and water plant design in underglaze blue,
Jingdezhen ware, China, Yuan dynasty, 14th century (Important Cultural Property, Gift of Mr. Tanaka Yoshio)
Lidded Jar, Lion design in overglaze enamel,
Qing dynasty, 17th–18th century
Foiled Plate, Silver with flowers and butterflies,
Northern Song - Southern Song dynasty, 11th–12th century
Cup with Foliate Rim, Gilt silver; plum blossom design,
Song dynasty, 12th–13th century

  
Chinese Textiles: Book of Textile Samples
Room 5  April 10, 2018 (Tue) - July 1, 2018 (Sun)

Large numbers of textiles were shipped to Japan from China and the Netherlands during the Edo period (1603?1868). When a ship arrived at the island of Dejima in Nagasaki, one of the few places in Japan where foreign traders were allowed, an official appraiser would cut a small sample from every textile, attach it to a page in his notebook, and provide it with a label. In this exhibit we will introduce fragments of cotton and silk textiles produced in Qing-dynasty China (1644?1912) that are now preserved in one of these notebooks, the Book of Textile Samples.

Current exhibit includes:
Book of Textile Samples, The seventh month of Bunka 11(1814), China, India, and Europe, Edo period, dated 1814 (Gift of Mr. Matsunaga Yasuzaemon)
Book of Textile Samples, The eighth month of Bunsei 11 (1828), China, India, and Europe, Edo period, dated 1828 (Gift of Mr. Matsunaga Yasuzaemon)

  
Oasis6 Education Space: Fortune-telling in Asia
Room 6  January 2, 2017 (Mon) - April 7, 2019 (Sun)

Activity area: Fortune-telling in Asia. Recommended for visitors with children.

4th floor

  
Stone Relief Carvings of China
Room 7  April 10, 2018 (Tue) - March 31, 2019 (Sun)

In the 2nd century BC, Chinese tombs were not simply holes in the ground. They developed to have walls and ceilings, with a structure almost like underground mansions. Tombs also appeared that had shrines built above ground for the bereaved families to perform rituals. Particularly in Shandong province and southern Henan province, sturdy stone was favored for making the tombs and shrines, with the stone surfaces used for carving images. Many of these stone bas-reliefs were created until the second half of the 2nd century in the Eastern Han dynasty.

Current exhibit includes:
Stone Bas-relief, Procession of chariots / Building for ancestral rituals, From Xiaotangshan, Shandong province, China, Eastern Han dynasty, 1st–2nd century
Stone Bas-relief, Toad / Emperor Yu, etc., From Xiaotangshan, Shandong province, China, Eastern Han dynasty, 1st–2nd century
Stone Bas-relief, Building / Tinglan and the wooden doll, etc., From Xiaotangshan, Shandong province, China, Eastern Han dynasty, 1st–2nd century

  
Chinese Painting: Enjoying Genre Paintings
Room 8  May 22, 2018 (Tue) - June 24, 2018 (Sun)

The Ming dynasty saw the rise of lively economic activities in the cities of Jiangnan. Many luxury items appeared on the market, and people’s interests towards culture increased accordingly. In response to these trends, painters came to portray extravagant palaces, lavish vessels, cultural activities in the gardens, dressed-up maids and children, and the bustle of the streets. They followed elegant painting styles that were popular in the Song-dynasty court, adopting timely themes in a classical setting. In this we see their interest towards the cultures of their own time. This exhibit introduces the world of Ming-dynasty genre paintings.

Current exhibit includes:
Children Playing, Attributed to Chen Hongshou, Ming dynasty, 17th century
A Study Among Peach Blossoms,
By Liu Yuan, Ming dynasty, dated 1626
Sound of Stream Among Bamboo,
By Li Shida, Ming dynasty, 16th–17th century (Important Cultural Property)
 

  
Chinese Calligraphy: Calligraphy of the Han Dynasties
Room 8  April 24, 2018 (Tue) - June 24, 2018 (Sun)

Clerical script was a new style which developed during the 400 years from the Western Han (206 BC–8 AD) to the Eastern Han (25 BC–220 AD) dynasty, having been derived from the seal script of the Qin dynasty. By the time of the reign of Emperors Huan (146–167) and Ling (168–189), clerical script was completed into a style based on strong horizontal and vertical brushwork distinguished by elegant beginning and ending strokes. Many masterpieces of steles were made using clerical script. This exhibition focuses on ink rubbings from steles that were widely made during the Eastern Han dynasty, to introduce the evolution of clerical script.

Current exhibit includes:
Inscription on Stone of Mount Shaoshi, Songshan, China, Inscription: Eastern Han dynasty, dated 123
Inscription on Lu Xiao Wang Stone Tablet, China, Inscription: Western Han dynasty, dated 56 BC (Gift of Mr. Imaizumi Yusaku)
Inscription on Lai Zi Hou Stone Tablet, China, Inscription: Xin dynasty, dated 16
Inscription on Yi Ying Bei Stele, China, Inscription: Eastern Han dynasty, dated 153 (Gift of Mr. Takashima Kikujiro)
Inscription on Li Qi Bei Stele, China, Inscription: Eastern Han dynasty, dated 156 (Gift of Mr. Takashima Kikujiro)

  
Chinese Literati
Room 8  April 24, 2018 (Tue) - June 24, 2018 (Sun)

The literati were people who devoted themselves to reading, calligraphy, painting, and other fine arts. In China, their way of life was traditionally held as an ideal. This exhibit recreates the studies of literati, where calligraphy and painting of China were born.

Current exhibit includes:
Inkstone with Hollow Underside, Orchid Pavilion design, Formerly owned by Mr. Aoyama San'u, China, Ming dynasty, 14th-17th century (Gift of Mr. Aoyama Keiji)
Characters for Plaque in Running Script, By He Shaoji, China, Qing dynasty, dated 1870 (Gift of Mr. Takashima Kikujiro)

5th floor

  
Chinese Lacquerware
Room 9  June 5, 2018 (Tue) - September 2, 2018 (Sun)

This part introduces the various methods and designs in Chinese lacquerware. Lacquerware is a form of decorative art made by applying lacquer sap on vessels and utensils, a practice which developed widely in China, Japan, Korea, and the Southeast Asian regions, in techniques and designs unique to each area. China, in particular, has a history of lacquerware of as long as 7000 years.

Current exhibit includes:
Spittoon with Pointed Foliate RimRed lacquer, China, Southern Song-Yuan dynasty, 13th–14th century
Covered Box, Dragon and cloud design in carved red lacquer, China, Ming dynasty, Xuande era (1426–35)
Cup Stand, Dragon and cloud design in colored lacquer inlay, China, Qing dynasty, Qianlong era (1736–95)

  
Decorative Art of the Qing Dynasty
Room 9  June 5, 2018 (Tue) - September 2, 2018 (Sun)

This part introduces the decorative art of the Qing dynasty (1644 - 1912) in China, such as works of jade, cloisonne, glass, and bamboo. The items on display feature the beauty of fine technical skill and the sophisticated atmosphere of Qing-dynasty decorative art.

Current exhibit includes:
You Wine Container, Taotie design, China, Qing dynasty, 19th century (Gift of Mr. Kamiya Denbei)
Pomegranate, China, Qing dynasty, 19th century (Gift of Mr. Kamiya Denbei)
Inkstone, Formerly owned by Mr. Aoyama San'u, China, Qing dynasty, 17th–19th century (Gift of Ms. Yamano Yoshiko)

  
Polished Stone Tools and Metal Tools of Korea
Room 10  April 24, 2018 (Tue) - October 14, 2018 (Sun)

This part highlights Korean polished stone tools and metal objects that had a great influence on Japan's Yayoi culture.

Current exhibit includes:
Crown, Attributed provenance: Gyeongsangnam-do, Korea, Three Kingdoms period (Gaya), 5th century (Important Art Object, Gift of the Ogura Foundation)
Polished Stone Sickle, Excavated at Buyeo, Korea, Bronze Age, 10th-4th century BC (Gift of Mr. Sakenobu Kyokusho)
Bronze Dagger, Excavated at Ochon-ri, Pyongyang, Korea, Early Iron Age, 2nd century BC
Bronze Halberd, Attributed provenance: Ipsil-ri, Gyeongju, Korea, Proto-Three Kingdoms period, 1st century BC (Important Art Object, Gift of the Ogura Foundation)
Bird, Green glaze, Attributed provenance: Nangnang (Lelang) Tomb, Korea, Nangnang (Lelang), 1st-3rd century (Gift of the Ogura Foundation)
Bronze Ornamental Fitting, With animals, Attributed provenance: Gyeongju, Korea, Early Iron Age-Proto Three Kingdoms period, 3rd-1st century BC (Important Art Object, Gift of the Ogura Foundation)
Lacquered Cup with Handles, With inscription, Attributed provenance: Nangnang (Lelang) Tombs, Korea, Nangnang (Lelang), 1st century BC-3rd century AD (Gift of the Ogura Foundation)
Epitaph of Choe Chungheon, Goryeo dynasty, dated 1219

  
The Rises and Falls of Kings in Korea
Room 10  April 24, 2018 (Tue) - October 14, 2018 (Sun)

This part features the prosperity of kings in the Three Kingdoms period (4th century–676) in Korea, through works including items of metalwork. The diverse designs of the objects are evidence of the prosperity of the kings.

Current exhibit includes:
Saddle Fittings, Gilt bronze, Excavated at Yangsan Bubuchong Tomb, Korea, Three Kingdoms period (Silla), start of 6th century
Earring, Three Kingdoms period (Silla), 6th century (Gift of the Ogura Foundation)
Headgear, With design in openwork, Attributed provenance: Changnyeong, Korea, Three Kingdoms period, 6th century (Important Cultural Property, Gift of the Ogura Foundation)
Headdress, White-birch bark, Excavated at Yangsan Bubuchong Tomb, Korea, Three Kingdoms period (Silla), start of 6th century
Flagpole Holder for SaddleIron, Excavated at Yangsan Bubuchong tomb, Korea, Three Kingdoms period (Silla), start of 6th century

  
Korean Ceramics
Room 10  April 24, 2018 (Tue) - October 14, 2018 (Sun)

This part introduces Korean ceramics from the Proto–Three Kingdoms period (1st century BC–3rd century AD) to the Joseon dynasty(1392–1910).

Current exhibit includes:
Long-necked Jar, Green glaze with arch band design, Attributed provenance: Jeollanam-do, Korea, Three Kingdoms period (Baekje), 6th-7th century (Gift of the Ogura Foundation)
Cinerary Urn, With stamped design, Unified Silla dynasty, first half of 8th century
Box, Celadon glaze with arabesque design in openwork, Goryeo dynasty, 12th century
Dish, White porcelain, Joseon dynasty, 15th-16th century (Private collection)
Jar, Cloud and dragon design in underglaze iron pigment, Joseon dynasty, 17th century (Gift of Ms. Shimizu Nobuko)
Equestrian Figurine, Three Kingdoms period (Silla), 5th-6th century (Important Art Object, Gift of the Ogura Foundation)
Stemmed Dish, With waterfowl ornaments, Three Kingdoms period (Silla), mid-5th century (Gift of the Ogura Foundation)
Cup with Foliate Rim, Celadon glaze with flower design in inlay, Goryeo dynasty, 13th century

  
Buddhist Art of Korea
Room 10  June 19, 2018 (Tue) - November 18, 2018 (Sun)

This part  features the essence of Korean Buddhist art.

Current exhibit includes:
Flat Eave Tile, Qilin design, Excavated at Gyeongju, Korea, Unified Silla dynasty, 8th–9th century (Gift of Mr. Naito Shunpo)
Octagonal Container for Sarira (Buddhist relics), Attributed provenance: Gwangyang, Korea, Unified Silla dynasty, 8th–9th century (Important Art Object, Gift of the Ogura Foundation)
Standing Vairocana, Unified Silla-Goryeo dynasty, 9th–10th century (Gift of the Ogura Foundation)
Seated Bodhisattva with One Leg Pendent, Three Kingdoms period, 7th century (Gift of the Ogura Foundation)
Standing Buddha, Unified Silla dynasty, 8th century (Gift of the Ogura Foundation)
Mirror, Dragon, tree, and palace design, Goryeo dynasty, 10th–14th century (Gift of Dr. Yokogawa Tamisuke)

  
Art of the Joseon Dynasty
Room 10  April 10, 2018 (Tue) - June 24, 2018 (Sun)

This part features furnishings, costumes, and accessories from Korea in the Joseon dynasty (1392–1910). While the costumes, furniture, tableware, and stationery each possessed individual beauty, their appeal was enhanced by their placement in living spaces.

Current exhibit includes:
Dallyeong (Government official's court costume), Korea, Joseon dynasty, mid-19th century
Saekdong Jeogori (Child's jacket), Korea, Joseon dynasty, 19th century (Gift of Mr. Tokugawa Yorisada)
Tarae Beoseon (Child's socks), Korea, Joseon dynasty, 19th century (Gift of Mr. Tanaka Yoshio)
Water Dropper, Figures design in overglaze enamel, Korea, Joseon dynasty, 18th-19th century (Gift of Mr. Tsukagoshi Masa'aki)
Inkstone, Figures design in underglaze blue, Korea, Joseon dynasty, 19th century
Brush Stand, Lotus arabesque in openwork with designs in underglaze blue and red, Korea, 19th-20th century

Basement

  
Khmer Sculpture
Room 11  May 8, 2018 (Tue) - May 6, 2019 (Mon)

This section introduces sculptures from Khmer, with a focus on stone statues from the Angkor period (9th-13th century). The Tokyo National Museum collection of Khmer sculptures, which are distinguished in both quality and quantity, was acquired in 1944 through an exchange project with the research institute l'École francaise d'Extrême-Orient.

Current exhibit includes:
Garuda Riding on Naga (Snake deity), Acquired through exchange with l'École française d'Extrême-Orient, Angkor period, 12th–13th century
Standing Vishnu,
Acquired through exchange with l'École française d'Extrême-Orient, Angkor period, 12th century
Buddha Seated on Naga (Snake deity),
Acquired through exchange with l'École française d'Extrême-Orient, Angkor period, 12th century
Standing Lokesvara,
Acquired through exchange with l'École française d'Extrême-Orient, Angkor period, 12th–13th century
Lintel,
Acquired through exchange with l'École française d'Extrême-Orient, Angkor period, 10th century

  
Gilt Bronze Statues from Southeast Asia
Room 12  May 8, 2018 (Tue) - May 6, 2019 (Mon)

This part focuses on Southeast Asian gilt bronze statues of gods and Buddhist deities from the 7th to 13th century. The statues are made using the lost-wax casting process, and therefore they have common qualities in their plasticity and smoothness of form.

Current exhibit includes:
Standing Buddha, Dvaravati period, 7th–8th century (Not on exhibit from September 4, 2018, to January 1, 2019)
Buddha Seated on a Pedestal,
Central Java period, ca. 8th century
Seated Mahavairocana,
Central Java period, 9th–10thcentury
Finial for a Shaft in the Shape of Naga,
Acquired through exchange with l'École française d'Extrême-Orient, Angkor period, 12th century (Not on exhibit from September 4, 2018, to January 1, 2019)
Standing Buddha,
Polonnaruwa period, 12th–13th century (Not on exhibit from September 4, 2018, to January 1, 2019)
Shiva (Upper body),
Excavated from Damdek, Cambodia, Angkor period, 9th century (Not on exhibit from September 4, 2018, to January 1, 2019)

  
Archaeology of India and Southeast Asia
Room 12  April 10, 2018 (Tue) - September 2, 2018 (Sun)

The excavated pottery and metal wares exhibited in this part clearly show the prosperity of cultures with rich regional characteristics in ancient India and Southeast Asia.

Current exhibit includes:
Human-shaped Object, Attributed provenance: Uttar Pradesh, India, Copper Hoard culture, ca. 1500 BC
Ladle with Bird Ornament, Excavated in northeastern Thailand, ca. 3rd century BC–2nd century AD
Vessel in Shape of Bucket, Excavated in Vietnam or Southern China, Nanyue dynasty, 2nd century BC
Bronze Drum, Attributed provenance: northern Thailand, 6th–5th century BC (Lent by Idemitsu Museum of Arts)
Bronze Drum, Northern Thailand, 15th–17th century (Gift of Prince Damrong, Thailand)

* Some of the exhibition cases in Room 12 of the Toyokan (Asian Gallery) will not be in use June 18-25 due to maintenance. We apologize for the inconvenience.

  
Southeast Asian Ceramics
Room 12  May 8, 2018 (Tue) - September 2, 2018 (Sun)

This part introduces the individual styles of ceramics made in Cambodia, Thailand, and Vietnam from the 9th to the 16th century.

Current exhibit includes:
Spittoon, Excavated at Angkor, Angkor period, 12th–14th century (Acquired through exchange with l'École française d'Extrême-Orient)
Covered Bowl,
Excavated at Angkor, Angkor period, 12th–14th century (Acquired through exchange with l'École française d'Extrême-Orient)
Vase, Dark brown glaze with incised design,
Excavated at Angkor, Angkor period, 12th-13th century (Acquired through exchange with l'École française d'Extrême-Orient)
Elephant-shaped Vessel, Dark brown glaze,
Angkor period, 12th–13th century
Shallow Bowl, Celadon glaze,
Northern Thailand, 15th century (Gift of Mr. Yoshioka Ken)
Shallow Bowl with Pointed Foliate Rim, Celadon glaze with lotus flower design,
Si Satchanalai ware, Thailand, 15th century (Gift of Mr. Yamada Yoshio)
Bowl, Celadon glaze with fish and flowering plant design in underglaze iron pigment,
Si Satchanalai ware, Thailand, 15th-16th century (Gift of Mr. Yamada Yoshio)
Bowl, Arabesque design in overglaze enamel,
16th century (Important Art Object)
Water Ewer in Shape of a Kundika, Arabesque design in underglaze blue,
15th–16th century (Private collection)
Large Dish, Deer and landscape design in underglaze blue,
15th–16th century (Important Art Object)
Large Dish Water buffalo design in overglaze enamel,
16th century

  
Asian Textiles: Indian Textile
Room 13  April 10, 2018 (Tue) - July 1, 2018 (Sun)

Current exhibit includes:
Mat, Chintz; design of poppies on a white ground, Gujarat, India, 17th century
Pichavai (Wall hanging for worship), Chintz with gold; design of Krishna, Machilipatnam, India, 18th century

  
Indian Miniature Paintings
Room 13  June 19, 2018 (Tue) - July 16, 2018 (Mon)

Indian miniature paintings established a uniquely meticulous, colorful, and passionate style, with various painting schools. An appeal of the paintings to viewers is the abundance of elements vividly contained each picture, such as myths, music, and nature.

Current exhibit includes:
Seated Mughal Nobleman Holding a Flower, By Lucknow school, India, End of 17th–early 18th century
Maharaja Ranjit Singh Seated on a Terrace, By Sikh school, India, Ca. mid–19th century

  
Ethnic Cultures of Asia: The Sea People of Taiwan: The Traditional Culture of the Tao
Room 13  April 24, 2018 (Tue) - July 16, 2018 (Mon)

Orchid Island is situated off the southeastern coast of the main island of Taiwan. The ethnic group of Tao (Yami) people, who live on this island, are said to have come across the sea from the northern Philippines. This exhibit presents the prayers and wisdom of the Tao people who have lived together with the sea on their isolated island. Current exhibit

includes:
Model of Fishing Boat, Second half of 19th-early 20th century
Necklace, Second half of 19th-early 20th century
Armor, Taiwan, Second half of 19th-early 20th century (Gift of Mr. Yamato Iwataro)