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ca. 9th century
Khmer Empire (802-1431)
by Daniela Cruz

Divine Pathways: South and Southeast Asian Art

For more than a thousand years, Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism were influential in the artistic production of various parts of South and Southeast Asia. In celebration of the enduring legacy of these philosophical and religious traditions, this exhibition features a variety of works in different media from India, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar and Indonesia. Keep Reading...

Elegance 2
by Amanda Sawyer

In Pursuit of Elegance and Simplicity: Chinese Scholars’ Studio Furniture from the Tseng Collection

Crafted with impressive carpentry skills, the furniture in this exhibition represents artistic elements flavored by the literati class from the 16th to the 18th century. The furniture is assembled to re-create a household interior of the pre-modern era, where men of highly cultivated backgrounds could read books, practice calligraphy, polish their painting skills, compose poems, […] Keep Reading...

by Amanda Sawyer

Modes of Expression through Execution: Indian and Southeast Asian Art from the Permanent Collection

Westerners have long focused on the religious nature of Indian and Southeast Asian art. In an effort to shed new light on our understanding of the art of these regions, this exhibition explores the aesthetic qualities that made them sacred. Religious practices played a significant role in the development of the subcontinent’s notable production of […] Keep Reading...

Porcelain, Imperial Kilns, Jingdezhen, (1796-1821) 2 1/2 in. (6.4 cm)
by Amanda Sawyer

Chinese Snuff Bottles from the Maxwell Collection

The snuff bottles from the Maxwell Collection offer an intriguing insight into the history of imperial and private workshops in the Qing dynasty (1644-1911), which endeavored to impress the social elite. After snuff was introduced into China in the early 17th century, Chinese craftsmen unleashed their great artistic talent on small snuff containers by exploring […] Keep Reading...

by Suzanne Oshinsky

Abhidnya Ghuge: Flight of the Canyon

Abhidnya Ghuge’s Flight of the Canyon is a site-responsive installation created with thousands of woodblock-printed paper plates inspired by organic patterns found in nature. The artist first draws and carves designs like those used in henna body painting on woodblocks for printing onto paper plates. She then blends archival oil-based ink directly on the woodblock, […] Keep Reading...

Shri Devi (Palden Lhamo)
Tibet, c. 18th century
Bronze, gilding and pigment
Crow Collection of Asian Art
by Suzanne Oshinsky

The Divine Feminine in Tibetan Esoteric Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism comprises the foundational teachings of Buddhism but focuses on teachings of the Vajrayana, also known as Esoteric or Tantric Buddhism. Tantric Buddhism uses meditations, visualizations, mantras, and the performance of rituals to cultivate the spiritual powers of body, speech, and mind to enable the practitioner to transform obstructions to enlightenment into the energy […] Keep Reading...

Culture/Country: Puebla de los Angeles
Period: 17th century 
Medium: Earthenware 
Collection Title: Museo Franz Mayer
Photograph: Michael Calderwood
by John Fischelli

Clay Between Two Seas: From the Abbasid Court to Puebla de los Angeles

    The Crow Collection of Asian Art, in partnership with the Museo Internacional del Barroco, Puebla, Mexico, and the State Council for Culture and the Arts of Puebla, Mexico, announces the world premiere of Clay Between Two Seas: From the Abbasid Court to Puebla de los Angeles. This exceptional exhibition will feature historic works […] Keep Reading...

Jizo bodhisttava
Japan, Edo period (1615- 1867), 17th-18th century 
Joined cypress (hinoki), vestiges of relief textile design, gilt
by Suzanne Oshinsky

Asian Art 101

Discover the diverse facets of Asia through the Crow Collection’s 2015-2016 Asian Art 101 course. In this series of monthly introductory lectures, visiting scholars speak on the following twelve topics: art in the regions of India, China, Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia, and the Himalayas; Contemporary Asian Art; Figure and Landscape; and art in the religious […] Keep Reading...

Bireswar Sen (1887-1974),  Wordless Persuasion, Watercolor on paper, 2.5 X 3.7 inches, Courtesy Bireswar Sen Family Trust
by Suzanne Oshinsky

Time and Eternity: Landscape Paintings by Bireswar Sen

Compact and sparkling like a diamond, as if there were a fire within, is how the small, almost playing-card sized, landscapes of Bireswar Sen, might be described. In this exhibition, one will see what the artist himself had always aimed at doing: “to limn unerringly, lines of beauty with a light that never was on […] Keep Reading...

Prajnaparamita and Deities. Outer Face, Upper Cover for a Prajnaparamita Sutra. Tibet; 15th century. Wood, paint and gilding
by Suzanne Oshinsky

Protecting Wisdom: Tibetan Book Covers from the MacLean Collection

Protecting Wisdom: Tibetan Book Covers from the MacLean Collection is the first major exhibition to examine the subject of Tibetan book covers. For Tibetan Buddhists, books are a divine presence in which the Buddha lives and reveals himself, and they are venerated and handled with the utmost respect. Tibetan book cover design has more than a thousand-year […] Keep Reading...