Ancient and Asian Collections

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The Ancient and Asian Collections occupy the museum's second floor gallery. They give viewers a broad concept of the classical world of the Mediterranean, with examples of outstanding quality executed in a rich variety of materials. The exhibits span seven thousand years from prehistory to Roman Empire.

The Asian Collection spans from India to Japan and encompasses the prehistoric period through the nineteenth century. Among the Indian, Tibetan, Nepalese, and Southeast Asian objects are a first-century B.C. Indian yakshi or tree spirit, Indian paintings, and several Khmer bronzes from the ninth through the thirteenth centuries. A group of nearly one hundred ancient bronzes from the Asian steppes exemplifies the three-dimensional emphasis of the Chinese collection. The Japanese collection ranges from the second millennium B.C. to the nineteenth century.