Museums with Asian Art Collections Online
Collection-size categorization in this section refers only to a museum's ONLINE collection of digitized images

ALL | Largest Online Collections | Medium-sized Online Collections | Smaller Online Collections
Digital Image Libraries | One Country/Region Focus
ALL | China | Japan | Korea | Vietnam/Southeast Asia | India/South Asia | Tibet/Himalaya
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Digital Himalaya
"The Digital Himalaya project was conceived ... as a strategy for archiving and making available valuable ethnographic materials from the Himalayan region. The Digital Himalaya project was conceived of by Professor Alan Macfarlane and Dr. Mark Turin as a strategy for archiving and making available valuable ethnographic materials from the Himalayan region. Based jointly at the Department of Social Anthropology at Cambridge University and the Anthropology Department at Cornell University, the project began in December 2000. Five ethnographic collections representing a broad range of regions, ethnic groups, time periods, and themes were slated for digitisation in the first phase of the project, along with a set of maps of Nepal and important journals on Himalayan studies."

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.digitalhimalaya.com/collections/index.php
 
Digital South Asia Library
This "global collaborative effort to make important and rare resources available to the international community" is a comprehensive library of digital resources on South Asia. Resources include images, maps, statistics, references, and indices, among others.

Go to Museum Resource: http://dsal.uchicago.edu/index.html
 
Durham University, Oriental Museum: Indian Paintings & Textiles
Online database currently featuring 48 textile objects and 336 visual works from the museum's collection of Indian art. Images do not enlarge, but most have short descriptions.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.dur.ac.uk/oriental.museum/collections/textiles/
 
The Frick Collection: Chinese Porcelains
Featuring more than 250 objects from the museum's collection of Chinese porcelains, which "date from the Ming and Ch'ing dynasties and embrace a range of types including blue and white, famille verte, famille noire, and famille rose."

Go to Museum Resource: http://collections.frick.org/IT_72$22613*3774435
 
The Gitter-Yelen Art Study Center: The Manyo'an Collection of Japanese Art
"The Manyo'an Collection of Japanese Art focuses on Edo-period (1615–1868) works in the Zenga, Nanga, Rinpa, Maruyama-Shijo, Ukiyoe, and Eccentric styles with an increasing focus on 20th century paintings and ceramics." Excellent high-quality images that show an incredible amount of detail. Currently there are 562 artworks online, presented as a set of Collection Tours, but also indexed by Artist, School/Kiln, Subject, Media, Publication, Exhibition, and Period/Date.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.gitter-yelen.org/
 
Henan Museum: Collection
Selection of about 50 objects unearthed at various archaeological sites throughout Henan, including bronzeware, porcelain and earthenware vessels and figurines, stone and jade carvings, and other artifacts, including oracle bones. The range objects cover all the historical periods from the Shang to the Yuan.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.chnmus.net/Template/home/chnmuse/Collection/collection_index.jsp
 
Himalayan Art Resources
Featuring more than 30,000 images from the collections of more than 150 museums and institutions, private collections, and photographic archives, this is a truly comprehensive resource for Himalayan Art. Every image enlarges, some with an excellent zoom tool, and many images have excellent, in-depth descriptions. Browse images by museum/institution or collection, or select OUTLINE PAGES (near bottom of homepage) to view images by various topical subject areas, including iconography, religious traditions, and art subjects. There is also an extensive index by which to browse objects, and a glossary with links to images.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.himalayanart.org/
 
Hong Kong Museum of Art: Chinese Art & Antiquities Collection
Featuring more than 120 selected works from the Hong Kong Museum's collection, grouped into the following six categories: 1) Chinese Antiquities; 2) Chinese Fine Art; 3) Historical Pictures (featuring many works by Western artists in China); 4) Hong Kong Art (20th century); 5) Teaware and Seals; and 6) Chinese Painting and Calligraphy. These six categories all feature 20 representative objects with full descriptions. There is also a Collections Databank with thousands of objects organized by type.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.lcsd.gov.hk/CE/Museum/Arts/english/collections/collections.html
 
Huntington Archive of Buddhist and Related Art: Digital Database Collection
"Funded by a National Endowment of the Humanities Preservation and Access Grant, this digital collection includes approximately 30,000 black and white photographs of art and architecture throughout Asia. This body of material represents invaluable photographic field documentation conducted by John C. and Susan L. Huntington from 1969-1984, and the countries included in this collection are Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Myanmar (Burma) Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Thailand."

Go to Museum Resource: http://huntingtonarchive.osu.edu/database.php
 
National Archives of Japan: Digital Archive
With hundreds of documents, scrolls, drawings, posters, photographs, and maps, including "colorful large-sized maps of provinces compiled by the Tokugawa Shogunate." An excellent resource, with informative text and excellent high-resolution digital images.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.digital.archives.go.jp/index_e.html
 
The National Folk Museum of Korea: Exhibition Guide and Collections Search
The three guides to Exhibition Halls I, II, and III give excellent overviews of Korean history and culture. The Collections Search section features more than 600 individual objects, all with descriptions.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.nfm.go.kr:8080/english/main.jsp
 
National Gallery of Australia: Indian Art Collection
Overview of the NGA's collection of Indian art. With images of five artworks.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.nga.gov.au/IndianArt/index.cfm
 
National Palace Museum: Selections from the Collection
Featuring nearly 200 selected works from the NPM's collection, grouped into the following eight categories: 1) Painting; 2) Calligraphy; 3) Rare Books; 4) Documents; 5) Ceramics; 6) Bronzes; 7) Jades; 8) Curios. All images have an excellent zoom tool showing an incredible amount of detail, as well as excellent descriptions.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.npm.gov.tw/en/collection/selections_01.htm
 
Northen Illinois University Art Museum: The Burma Art Collection
Featuring nearly 300 objects from the museum's collection of more than 10,000 objects, including lacquerware, manuscripts, metalwork objects, paintings, sculpture, swords and daggers, textiles, votive tablets, musical instruments, and decorative objects. Objects generally don't have descriptive text, but all images enlarge and many objects are shown from several angles.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.grad.niu.edu/burma/collections/art.shtml
 
Norton Museum of Art: The Chinese Collection
Five selections from the Norton Museum's Chinese Art Collection.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.norton.org/Collections/ChineseArt/tabid/100/Default.aspx
 
The Palace Museum: Collections
Featuring more then 500 objects from the Palace Museum's collection, organized into the following categories: Painting; Calligraphy; Stone Inscriptions; Bronzes; Seals; Textiles; Scholar's Studio; Furniture; Clocks and Watches; Enamel; Sculpture; Lacquer; Gold and Silver; Jade; Glass; Other Materials; and Palace Paraphernalia. All objects have excellent descriptions.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.dpm.org.cn/english/default.asp
 
Shanghai Museum: Collection
Featuring more than 60 selected works from the museum's collection, grouped into the following ten categories: 1) Paintings; 2) Calligraphy; 3) Ceramics; 4) Bronze; 5) Jade; 6) Seals; 7) Sculpture; 8) Coins; 9) Furniture; 10) Minority Nationalities' Art. Images are generally very small and do not enlarge, but all have short descriptions.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.shanghaimuseum.net/en/collection/collection.jsp
 
The Tibetan and Himalayan Digital Library: Collections
"THDL's Collections are the equivalent of the stacks in a traditional library, and constitute its major holdings of texts, videos, images, maps and other data that are at the heart of the library. Users of the library can search across all videos, texts, images and so forth as individual resources, or they can consult specific organizations of these resources constituting collections based on thematic or geographical criteria."

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.thdl.org/
 
The Tokugawa Art Museum
The permanent exhibitions at this museum are devoted primarily to the Tokugawa period, but the museum also owns most of the extant sections of the 12-century illustrated Tale of Genji. The online collection includes arms and armor, teaware, decorative arts, clothing, and Noh theater masks -- all from the Edo or Tokugawa period. There is also a short presentation about the museum's Tale of Genji collection, but none of the images in this section enlarge.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.tokugawa-art-museum.jp/english/index.html
 
University of Alberta Museums, The Mactaggart Art Collection
"The Mactaggart Art Collection includes over 600 textiles, costumes and related artifacts dating from the Song (960-1279), Ming (1314-1644) and Qing (1644-1912) dynasties. There are also many fine and rare examples of 17th and 18th century Chinese court costumes and silk fragments, as well as a world-class collection of Tibetan costumes. The painting collection includes works dating from the 13th century (Yuan Dynasty) to the 1980s and is comprised of hanging scrolls, hand scrolls, albums and engravings with particular strength in Qing court paintings. Notable among these is the Southern Inspection Tour Scroll from 1698, which documents the Kangxi Emperor's boat voyage of 1689 through southeast China."

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.museums.mactaggart.ualberta.ca/mac/index.aspx
 
Vietnam Museum of Ethnology
"The Vietnam Museum of Ethnology is both a research centre and a public museum exhibiting the ethnic groups of Vietnam. The mission of the Museum is scientific research, collection, documentation, conservation, exhibition and preserving the cultural and historic patrimony of the nation’s different ethnic groups." Select EXHIBITIONS for a virtual tour of the museum and information about past and current exhibitions.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.vme.org.vn/index.asp
 
The Virtual Museum of Japanese Arts
A Ministry of Foreign Affairs website with images and information about Japanese art and culture in the following categories: 1) Fine Arts (painting, sculpture, ukiyoe, architecture & gardens); 2) Crafts (woodwork, lacquerware, metalwork, ceramics, textiles, swords & armor); 3) Performing Arts (kabuki, noh, kyogen, bunraku, Japanese dance & music); 4) Pastimes (Flower arrangement, tea ceremony, calligraphy, bonsai); 5) Martial Arts (sumo, judo, kendo, kyudo, karate, aikido); 6) Other (dolls, ninja, cuisine, zazen, tanka and haiku, Japanese festivals). Also see the CAFE section for Quicktime video clips of Japanese festivals and martial arts.

Go to Museum Resource: http://web-jpn.org/museum/menu.html
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