Museums with Asian Art Collections Online
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Indianapolis Museum of Art: Asian Art
Browse 16 highlights from the Indianapolis Museum's collection of art from China, Japan, Korea, India, Tibet, and West and Southeast Asia, or select Collections Search from the sidebar to view more than 2,400 images of objects from the museum's Asian art department. All images enlarge, and some have descriptions.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.imamuseum.org/art/collections/asian-art
Kyoto National Museum: Masterworks from the Collection and Online Database
More than 100 selected "masterworks" from the Kyoto Museum's collection of Japanese, Chinese, Korean, and South Asian art are organized into the following categories: Archaeology, Ceramics, Sculpture, Paintings (subcategories: Buddhist Paintings, Handscrolls, Portraiture, Ink Paintings, Early Modern Paintings, and Chinese Paintings), Calligraphy, Textiles, Lacquerware, and Metalwork. Each category features 5-10 objects, all with descriptive text and full enlargements. There is also a searchable online database of more than 5,000 objects from the museum's collection.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.kyohaku.go.jp/eng/syuzou/index.html
Los Angeles County Museum of Art: Experience Art LACMA
An excellent website for exploring the LACMA's extensive online collection of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, South and Southeast Asian art. Select a category and browse artworks by subject, type, artist, and more; or view the Highlights section to see a selection of works with full descriptions; or use the search function to find a specific object. An Image Viewer tool allows users to enlarge all images and to gather favorites in an online collection that can be saved for later viewing.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.lacma.org/collection/chinese.html
The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Asian Art
The Metropolitan Museum's content-rich website offers many options for exploring its online collection of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Himalayan art. See 49 specially selected artworks (all with zoom views and descriptions) in the Collection Highlights section, or go to the Timeline of Art History (link at the bottom of the page) and browse artworks by country/culture, time period, or subject area; or search for artworks and featured content for a specific country/culture or topic by using the Timeline website's Search function. All images here enlarge, and most have full descriptions. There is also a My Met Gallery feature that allows users to group favorite objects into a personal gallery that can be saved and shared.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/works-of-art/?Department=Asian-Art
Minneapolis Institute of Arts: The Art of Asia
The Explore the Collection section of this content-rich site features nearly 3,500 objects from the MIA's collection of Asian art. All images have a Zoom View; most images have descriptions. A Featured Objects section highlights 20 objects from the collection in great detail (through curator interviews), and six Featured Collections showcase objects in the following categories: 1) Ancient Chinese Bronzes; 2) Architectural Models; 3) Chinese Furniture; 4) Imperial Silks; 5) Taoist Art; and 6) Ukiyo-e. Users can also browse objects by country/region or by one of 15 subject categories (architecture, paintings, ceramics, drawings, etc.) or use the keyword search. An Add to My Collection feature allows users to create an online gallery to save and to share.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.artsmia.org/art-of-asia/explore/
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston: Art of Asia
Explore the MFA's large online collection of Asian art by using the Advanced Search option or by browsing one of the many sub-collections. Many sub-collections have an "Interactive Tour" feature. Images enlarge to Full View and Zoom View; the latter provides excellent close-up detail of objects. The My MFA Gallery feature allows users to group favorite objects into a personal gallery that can be saved and shared.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.mfa.org/collections/index.asp?key=21
Norton Simon Museum: Asian Art Collections
Selected works from the museum's collection of Asian art, which is "particularly rich in art from the Indian subcontinent." Five artworks are highlighted on the main collections page; select the "See more artwork..." link below the highlights to go to a database currently featuring more than 600 works, most of which are from South and Southeast Asia. All images enlarge with a zoom/pan feature.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.nortonsimon.org/collections/collection_SAH.php
Pacific Asia Museum: Explore the Collections
Featuring more than 2,500 objects from the Pacific Asia Museum's collection of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Southeast Asian, South Asian, Himalayan, and Pacific Islands art. The Image Viewer tool enlarges all images and also allows users to gather favorite objects from the collection into a gallery that can be saved and shared with others. Browse the Featured Collections section to see artworks grouped by country and type, or use one of the three search functions. The Click & Search function makes it easy to find works by country/culture.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.pacificasiamuseum.org/mweb/
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