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Pair of Stone Vases. China, Ming dynasty (1368–1644), 16th–17th century. White marble. 115 inches tall each.
Crow Collection of Asian Art, 1984.30
by Dr. Qing Chang

Compassion, Reverence, and Filial Piety: A Pair of Stone Vases

Making offerings is an important step in the worshiping of ancestors in Chinese history; it is an act that reflects people’s belief of afterlife and ancestors’ protection of offspring. The Crow Collection’s Pair of Stone Vases, previously called “Stone Columns,” are examples of two of the Five Stone Offerings often installed in front of a […] Keep Reading...

Meneki Neko and Daruma.  Functions as a coin bank. 
5 3/4 in.
by Amanda Sawyer


When museums receive new objects as a donation or bequest, multiple questions need to be answered before anything can be added to the permanent collection.  How does the object fit within the museum’s mission? Does the museum have the resources to properly care for it? Are there similar objects already in the collection? How  may […] Keep Reading...

Vase with motif of the Life of Confucius (detail).
China, Qing dynasty (1644-1911), 18th-19th century
Cinnabar lacquer over molded base
40 x 20 inches
Crow Collection of Asian Art, 1960.29
by Dr. Qing Chang

Legends, Miracles, Morality, and Wisdom

The Crow Collection’s lacquer vase is a precious work of art, Keep Reading...

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by Caron Smith

Crystal Gazing

The Crow Collection’s flawless rock crystal sphere is a natural wonder, polished to smooth roundness, and emblematic within Asian thought of the perfection of wisdom and purity. Keep Reading...

by Kasumi

From the Vault: Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother's Day to all the loving mothers out there, from the Crow Collection of Asian Art! Keep Reading...