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by Amy Lewis Hofland

The Fierce Urgency of Now

It’s evening in Mexico City, and I am on a mission.  Since my first visit, I’ve had many happy returns to Mexico. I’ve cherished the friendships with our board members from Mexico and the treasured friends I’ve come to love along the way. I am the Director of an Asian Art Museum so you may […] Keep Reading...

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 Amy Lewis Hofland

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 Amy Lewis Hofland

Daruma

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...