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
 
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/
 
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/
 
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
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