Museums with Asian Art Collections Online
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Ackland Art Museum, UNC Chapel Hill: Asian Art
20 selections covering a range of time periods and media, from the Ackland Art Museum's Asian art collection. Images do not enlarge but all have short descriptions.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.ackland.org/art/collection/asian/index.html
 
Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College: Asian Art Collection
Six selected works from the AMAM's Asian art collection: two Qing dynasty handscrolls (one landscape and one calligraphy); a pair of Qing imperial vases; an Edo/Meiji period document box; an Edo period woodblock print; and a hanging scroll from Republican Period China. All six works have in-depth descriptions.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.oberlin.edu/amam/AsianArt.htm
 
American Museum of Natural History: Asian Ethnographic Collection
Featuring more than 44,000 objects from the AMNH's Asian Ethnographic Collection. Find objects by culture or country, and filter results to see only objects currently on view at the AMNH. Label information only; no descriptions.

Go to Museum Resource: http://anthro.amnh.org/anthropology/databases/common/public_access.cfm?database...
 
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria: ARTBase
The Art Gallery has "the most comprehensive collection of Japanese art in Canada," and thousands of objects from this collection appear in this online database, along with a large collection of Chinese art and smaller collections of Korean and Vietnamese art. Excellent zoom feature for all objects.

Go to Museum Resource: http://collection.aggv.bc.ca/
 
The Art Institute of Chicago: Asian Collection
Selected works from the Art Institute's collection of Chinese, Japanese, South Asian, Southeast Asian, Himalayan, and Korean art. Currently featuring more than 1,000 artworks, some with short but informative descriptive text. Images enlarge and can be grouped into a personal collection that can be saved and shared.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.artic.edu/aic/collections/asian
 
ArtsConnectEd
ArtsConnectEd provides access to the combined art collections, libraries, and archives of the Walker Art Center and The Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Search the Art Gallery, For Your Classroom, Library & Archives, and Playground sections for images, audio and video clips, lesson plans, and curriculum units, and more. ArtConnectEd is not focused specifically on Asia, but Asia-related content can be easily accessed through the keyword search function.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.artsconnected.org/
 
ARTstor
This Mellon Foundation initiative is a vast digital library of approximately 500,000 images covering art, architecture, and archaeology. Individuals must log on with an institutional subscription or as a walk-in user at participating public libraries. Read the FAQ section (under About ARTstor) for more information.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.artstor.org
 
The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology: Eastern Art Collection
16 selections covering a range of time periods and media, from the Ashmolean's "Eastern Art" collection. Images do not enlarge but all have short descriptions.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.ashmolean.org/collections/highlights/?type=highlights&department=3
 
The Asia and Pacific Museum in Warsaw: Collections
A selection of 30 works from the museum's collection, which includes works from Afghanistan, Central and Southeast Asia, China, India, Indonesia, Mongolia, Nepal, Oceania, and Vietnam. All objects have short descriptions.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.muzeumazji.pl/htme/kol.html
 
Asia Society: The Collection in Context
Featuring more than 200 artworks from the Asia Society's collection, divided into five categories: South Asia, Himalaya, Southeast Asia, China, Korea, and Japan. The artworks in each category are further grouped together by type, with introductory text for each grouping as well as for each object. The website also includes timelines, online guided tours (slide shows), and a Looking Deeper section with several online exhibitions on selected themes.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.asiasocietymuseum.org
 
Asian Art Museum of San Francisco: Online Collection
Currently featuring approximately 5,000 objects from the Asian Art Museum's collection of art from China, Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia, South Asia, the Himalayas, and West Asia. Search by keyword or by art type. All images enlarge and some have descriptions.

Go to Museum Resource: http://67.52.109.59/code/emuseum.asp
 
Asian Historical Architecture
Excellent site with photographs and informative text about existing historical structures throughout Asia.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.orientalarchitecture.com
 
Birmingham Museum of Art: Asian Art Collection
A selection of three works from the museum's collection of more than 4,000 objects from China, Korea, Japan, India, and Southeast Asia: a wooden sculpture from Heian Japan; a porcelain jar from Choseon Korea; and a jade incense burner from Qing China.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.artsbma.org/collection/asian-art/15-general-collection/87-asian-art
 
Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery: BMAGiC Online Database
The BMAGiC Online Database currently features more than 200 objects from Asia -- mostly China and Japan, with one object from Korea and 35 from India. Search by keyword or select the "browse the list of all collections" link to see Asia-related categories under the Antiquities, Applied Art, and Ethnography collections. All objects have descriptions and most objects have multiple images showing the object at various angles. All images enlarge.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.bmagic.org.uk/
 
Bowdoin College Museum of Art
Select "Non-Western" under the Decorative Arts, Paintings, Sculpture, and Works on Paper categories for examples of Asian artworks from the Museum's collections. With more than 25 works from China, Japan, and India in these categories.

Go to Museum Resource: http://artmuseum.bowdoin.edu/
 
The British Library: Images Online
Thousands of images from the British Library's collection are available online here. Find Asia-specific images by typing in appropriate keyword(s) in the search box.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.imagesonline.bl.uk/index.asp
 
The British Museum: Collection Database
A searchable database of nearly two million objects from the museum's collection, including "objects covering the material and visual cultures of Japan, Korea, China, Central Asia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, South and South-East Asia, and dating from the Asian Neolithic period (around 4,000 BC) to the present day, as well as the Sir Percival David Collection of Chinese ceramics."

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.britishmuseum.org/research.aspx
 
The British Museum: Collection Highlights
Select a country from the list to see objects and related content. More than 600 objects from East, South, and Southeast Asian countries are featured. Most objects have lengthy descriptions, and some objects offer links to more in-depth articles about a specific historical period or topic related to the object.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.britishmuseum.org/explore/highlights/place_index.aspx
 
Chester Beatty Library: East Asian and Islamic Collections Image Gallery
Selected works from the library's East Asian and Islamic Collections, which include works from China, Japan, Tibet, Mongolia, and South, Southeast, and West Asia. Images do not enlarge, but some have descriptions. Currently more than 120 objects are featured in the online gallery.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.cbl.ie/Image-Gallery.aspx
 
Cincinnati Art Museum: Far Eastern Art
Highlighting 23 objects from the Cincinnati Art Museum's collections of "Far Eastern Art."

Go to Museum Resource: http://72.249.182.183/collection/results.do?highlight=6
 
The Cleveland Museum of Art: Asian Art Collection
Explore the CMA's online collection of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Indian, and Southeast Asian art by department. There are nearly 5,000 objects online in these categories; currently more than 2,000 of these include images. Images enlarge and can be grouped into a personal collection that can be saved and shared.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.clevelandart.org/collections/collection%20online.aspx?type=refresh&s...
 
Denver Art Museum: Asian Art Collection
Selected works from the museum's collection of art from China, India, Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia, Southwest Asia, Tibet, and Nepal. Currently more than 80 objects are featured. Every object has descriptive text, and some have Rotate View and Zoom View options.

Go to Museum Resource: http://exhibits.denverartmuseum.org/asianart/collection_f.html
 
The Detroit Institute of Arts: Asian Art Collection
Browse important works from the DIA's collection of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, South and Southeast Asian Art, or use the SEARCH function in the sidebar to find objects from a particular time period or country. Currently more than 170 objects appear online under the Asian Art category. Thumbnail images from search results enlarge to Full View and Zoom View; the latter provides excellent close-up details of objects. Users can also select certain terms from an object's label information (such as Sculpture or Yuan Dynasty) to see all the objects in that particular category.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.dia.org/art/asia-and-islamic.aspx
 
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/
 
Ferenc Hopp Museum of Asiatic Arts
26 selections from the collection of the Ferenc Hopp Museum of Eastern Asiatic Arts in Hungary. The featured objects cover a range of time periods and media. The images do not enlarge, but each collection page -- Chinese, Japanese, Indian and Southeast Asian, Mongolian, Tibetan and Nepalese, Korean -- provides a brief introduction to the history of that collection at the museum.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.hoppmuzeum.hu/eng/chinese.php
 
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution: The Collections
Featuring more than 5,000 objects from the Freer/Sackler's collection of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Southeast Asian, South Asian, and Himalayan art. All images enlarge, and many also have short descriptions. The Search Collections function finds objects by keyword or phrase. Users can also register and use the e|GALLERY tool to gather favorite objects from the collection into a gallery that can be shared with others.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.asia.si.edu/collections/default.htm
 
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/
 
Guimet, Musée National des Arts Asiatiques: The Collections
Featuring more than 90 objects from the Guimet's collection of Asian art. The collection is divided into the following categories: Afghanistan-Pakistan; Arts of Himalaya; Southeast Asia; Central Asia; China; Korea; India; Japan; Library Collections (featuring books and manuscripts); and Photographic Archives. Each category features around 10 objects (but the China category features 26), and all objects have full descriptions annotated with a glossary of related terms. The full glossary, which can be browsed separately, is quite extensive. Images are high-quality and enlarge to show a fair amount of detail.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.guimet.fr/-The-collections-
 
Harvard Art Museums: Collections Online
This database with advanced search options includes more than 15,000 images from the University's Arthur M. Sackler Museum, which includes art from China, Japan, Korea, South Asia, and Southeast Asia. Images do not enlarge and include only label information.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.harvardartmuseums.org/study-and-research/collectionsearch.dot
 
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
 
The Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University
16 selections covering a range of time periods and media, from the Johnson Museum's Asian art collection. All images enlarge and have short descriptions.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.museum.cornell.edu/HFJ/handbook/hb45.html
 
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
 
Honolulu Academy of Arts: Asian Collection
Selected works from the Academy's collection of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Indian, and Southeast Asian art, including the James Michener Collection of Ukiyo-e prints. Currently 60 artworks are featured.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.honoluluacademy.org/cmshaa/academy/index.aspx?id=517
 
Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College: Asia and Near East Collections
Highlighting 19 objects from the Hood Museum's collections of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Near Eastern, and South Asian art.

Go to Museum Resource: http://hoodmuseum.dartmouth.edu/collections/overview/asia/
 
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
 
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
 
Jacques-Edouard Berger Foundation: World Art Treasures Slide Library
Find China, Japan, India, and Nepal under Asia. Most of the images in these sections do not have descriptive or explanatory text, but this resource remains useful mainly for the breadth of its image collection, which is particularly strong in architecture and archaeology.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.bergerfoundation.ch/page2.html
 
Jewels in Her Crown: Treasures of Columbia University Libraries Special Collections
25 selections from the University's East Asian collection. Objects include a Shang dynasty oracle bone, a collection of Nestorian crosses from Yuan dynasty China, and several rare manuscripts from Japan and Korea. All images enlarge and have descriptions.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/lweb/eresources/exhibitions/treasures/html/long_topi...
 
Kimbell Art Museum: Asian Art Collection
Featuring more than 100 objects from the museum's collection of Chinese, Indian, Japanese, Korean, Nepalese, Southeast Asian, and Tibetan art. All artworks have excellent descriptions. Users can also register and use the "My Gallery" feature to gather favorites in an online collection that can be saved for later viewing.

Go to Museum Resource: https://www.kimbellart.org/Collections/Collections.aspx?P=1&Focus=0&TypeID=68&s...
 
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
 
Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum Collections
Type in a country name under ENTER KEYWORD(S) to find objects from throughout Asia. India is best represented, with more than 150 objects. Most objects fall into the metalwork, porcelain, and decorative arts category. Not every object has an image, but all have short descriptions.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.search.lsagmcollections.org.uk/engine/search/default.asp
 
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
 
Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami: Art of Asia
Four selected works from the Lowe Art Museum's Asian art collection: a Tang dynasty horse figurine; a ceramic cup from Three Kingdoms Korea; an Edo-period landscape; and a stele of the god Surya from 10th-century India. Images do not enlarge, but all works have brief descriptions.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www6.miami.edu/lowe/art_asia.htm
 
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
 
Miho Museum: Asian Art Collection
Featuring hundreds of objects from the museum's collection of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, South Asian, and Southeast Asian art. Select the South Wing, North Wing, and Archive links on the Collections page to bring up floor plans of the museum's south and north wings. Select specific rooms on the plan to view artworks. The Archives section presents past displays. Many artworks have excellent descriptions.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.miho.or.jp/english/collect/collect.htm
 
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/
 
Museen Dahlem: Museum für Asiatische Kunst
Select either the "Collection of South, Southeast and Central Asian Art" or "Collection of East Asian Art" link at the bottom of the page to read about the collections. From either collection page, select the "Picture Gallery" link at the right to see a selection of six artworks.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.smb.spk-berlin.de/smb/sammlungen/details.php?lang=en&objID=12904&p=0
 
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
 
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 Museum of Korea
Featuring 100 highlights from the National Museum's collection, divided into following galleries: Archaeological, Historical, Fine Arts I & II, Asian Arts, and Donations. All objects have descriptions. Most of the 100 artworks are Korean, but selections in the Asian Arts Gallery and the Donations Gallery are from other parts of Asia.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.museum.go.kr/eng/collection/100highlights_main.jsp
 
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
 
National University of Singapore Museum
Selected works from the NUS Museum's three major collections: The Lee Kong Chian Collection of Chinese Art; The Ng Eng Teng Collection; and the South and Southeast Asian Art Collection. Currently more than 75 objects are featured on the website. The Chinese art collection includes ceramics, bronzes, paintings, and calligraphy. The South and Southeast Asian collection includes ceramics, paintings and drawings, sculptures and bronzes, and textiles. The Ng Eng Teng Collection showcases the work of Singaporean modern sculptor Ng Eng Teng. All objects have short descriptions.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.nus.edu.sg/museum/
 
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art: Collection
With links to the Nelson-Atkins' collections of Chinese, Japanese, and South & Southeast Asian art. Currently 25 works from these collections are featured online. All images have descriptions and a high-resolution zoom feature.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.nelson-atkins.org/art/Chinese.cfm
 
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
 
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
 
Oxford Art Online
A reference "gateway" that gives users access to content from The Dictionary of Art (1996, 34 vols.), The Oxford Companion to Western Art (2001), the Concise Dictionary of Art Terms, and Oxford's Encyclopedia of Aesthetics. A subscription is required, but library and institutional rates are available.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.oxfordartonline.com/public/
 
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/
 
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
 
Peabody Essex Museum: Collections
Featuring more than 500 works art from Asia. Browse by department -- Korean, Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Asian Export -- or use the ARTscape self-guided search tool. Most images in ARTscape have descriptions, and some have additional detail images and extended text descriptions.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.pem.org/collections/
 
Philadelphia Museum of Art: Asian Art Collections
Explore the Philadelphia Museum's online collection of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Himalayan art by browsing the objects currently on view, or by using the Search the Collections function. Currently there are more than 700 objects online in these categories. Images can be enlarged with a Zoom View tool that provides excellent close-up detail of objects. Some objects also have audio introductions (find these objects by selecting Options under the Keywords search field and then selecting the box next to "Show Only Records with Audio Files." There is also a My 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.philamuseum.org/collections/216-436-426-335.html
 
Phoenix Art Museum Online Gallery: Asian Art
An interactive slideshow currently featuring more than 130 artworks from the Phoenix Art Museum's collection of art from China, Japan, India, the Himalayas, and Southeast Asia. This online collection cannot be searched or viewed by culture or medium, but the high-quality images all enlarge.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.phxart.org/slideshow/index.html#/COL/72157606187498905/
 
Portland Art Museum: The Asian Art Collection
Ten selections covering a range of time periods and media, from the Portland Art Museum's Asian art collection. Please note that the image viewer on this page takes a while to load.

Go to Museum Resource: http://portlandartmuseum.org/collections/permanent/gallery/Asian-Art/
 
Princeton University Art Museum: Asian Art Collection
Featuring more than 70 artworks from the PUAM's collection, divided into five categories: China, Japan, Korea, South Asia, and Southeast Asia. The artworks in the China and Japan categories are further organized by historical period, and all categories and sub-categories have excellent introductory text, as well as a suggested bibliography for further reading. All images enlarge and include excellent descriptions.

Go to Museum Resource: http://etcweb.princeton.edu/asianart/index.jsp
 
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam: Asian Art Collection
Featuring seven objects -- mostly sculpture -- from the Rijksmuseum's collection of art from China, Japan, India,and Indonesia. Each of the seven objects can be selected from an animated menu at the top of the page; selecting an object takes the viewer to the object's main page, which has a description, larger images, and links to other related objects from the museum's collection.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.rijksmuseum.nl/collectie/aziatischekunst?lang=en
 
Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, University of East Anglia: Sainsbury Collection
See the Asia, Japan, China, and India sections of the Robert & Lisa Sainsbury Collection pages for a selection of 12 objects. Images do not enlarge, but all have descriptions.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.scva.org.uk/collections/robertandlisa/
 
Saint Louis Art Museum: Asian Art Collection
Featuring more than 100 objects from the museum's collection of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, South Asian, and Islamic art. All images enlarge; some have descriptions.

Go to Museum Resource: http://stlouis.art.museum/emuseum/code/emuseum.asp?emu_action=collection&collec...
 
Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida: Asian Collection
Seven selected works from the Harn Museum's Asian art collection: three sculptures (India, 13th C; Pakistan, 4-5th C.; Nepal, 13th C), two decorative art objects (a Ming dynasty vase and a Tang dynasty bronze mirror), and two paintings from the mid-20th century (China, India). All objects have short descriptions.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.harn.ufl.edu/harn.php?ThisPage=harn.php&category=3&subcat=c
 
Santa Barbara Museum of Art: Selected Works from the Asian Art Collection
Eight selected works from the Santa Barbara Museum's Asian art collection: two sculptures (India, China), two paintings (China, Japan), one woodblock print (Japan), one stoneware bowl (China), earthenware figurines (China), and one mandala (Tibet).

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.sbmuseart.org/collection/asian.web
 
Seattle Art Museum: The Collection
Selected works from SAM's permanent collection of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, South Asian & Southeast Asian Art. More than 35 artworks are currently featured in these categories. Some objects have close-up view and audio commentary features.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.seattleartmuseum.org/SAMcollection/code/emuseum.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
 
Smith College Museum of Art: Five College Museums/Historic Deerfield Collections Database
This database includes more than 1,000 objects from the Asian art collection of the Smith College Museum of Art. Not all database entries include images, and only some images enlarge.

Go to Museum Resource: http://museums.fivecolleges.edu/
 
Spencer Museum of Art, The University of Kansas: Asian Art Collection
18 selections from the Spencer Museum's Asian art collection. Most of the selections are paintings and prints from China and Japan. Also see the two Asian Art gallery guides (under RESOURCES) for 14 more works with descriptions.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.spencerart.ku.edu/collection/asian/
 
The State Hermitage Museum: Oriental Art
Selected works from the Hermitage Museum's Oriental Art Collection, including art from India, Mongolia and Tibet, China, Japan, Thailand, and Central Asia, as well as Oriental Jewelry and art from the khanate of the "Golden Horde." Each section has introductory text and a selection of representative objects. Also use the Digital Collection link (top right) to search the online database for artworks from a specific country, region, or time period.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.hermitagemuseum.org/html_En/03/hm3_5.html
 
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
 
Tokyo National Museum
Featuring more than 500 objects from the TNM's collection of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, South Asian & Southeast Asian Art. There are no object descriptions, but the images are of excellent quality and enlarge several times to show great detail. There is no search tool, but groups of objects can be viewed in many ways: By country, further organized by time period; or by type -- Archaeology, Sculpture, Painting, Calligraphy, Decorative Arts, and Others -- further organized into useful sub-categories.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.tnm.go.jp/en/gallery/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
 
The University of Michigan Museum of Art: Asian Art Collections
Explore the UMMA's online collection of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, South Asian, and Southeast Asian art by browsing highlight objects from each department, or by using the Search Online function. Currently there are more than 3,500 objects online in these categories. Images can be viewed in various sizes and also zoomed and panned, and a Portfolio feature allows users to group favorite objects into a personal gallery that can be saved and shared.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.umma.umich.edu/collections/asian.html
 
Victoria and Albert Museum: Asia Collection
Explore the V&A Museum's online collection of Asian art by reading about 16 featured objects or by using the Search the Collections function (top item in left column). Currently there are more than 5,000 objects online in the Asia collection. All images enlarge, and most have descriptions. Also see the ASIA FEATURES section for discussions of 12 Asia-related topics.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.vam.ac.uk/collections/asia/object_stories/index.html
 
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
 
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts: East and South Asian Art Collections
Highlighting more than 80 objects from the Virginia Museum's collection of East and South Asian art (look under "Collections" to get to the South Asian art). Objects do not have descriptive text other than label information, but the images are excellent and enlarge to show a great amount of detail for each object.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.vmfa.state.va.us/Collections/EastAsian/
 
Virtual Collection of Masterpieces, Asia Europe Museum Network
This website features a large collection of "masterpieces" selected by more than 50 participating museums in the Asia Europe Museum Network. Objects from East, South, and Southeast Asia are well represented in this collection, with more than 200 objects from China currently featured. All images enlarge, and all objects have excellent descriptions.

Go to Museum Resource: http://masterpieces.asemus.museum/default.aspx
 
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
 
Wolverhampton Arts and Museums: Asian Art Collection
Selected works from the museum's collection of Chinese, Japanese, and Indian decorative art dating from the 1500s to the early 1900s. Currently 80 objects are featured online; carved figurines -- including Japanese netsuke and okimono -- are especially well represented in the online collection. Every object has excellent descriptive text (select the "Information" tab to see descriptions), and most objects have multiple images showing different angles and details. All images enlarge and can be downloaded.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.wolverhamptonart.org.uk/collections/browse_collections/art/asian_dec...
 
Worcester Art Museum: Collection Online Gallery
Highlighting more than 35 works from the Worcester Art Museum's collection of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Indian art. All objects have descriptions.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.worcesterart.org/Collection/
 
World Digital Library
Developed by a team at the Library of Congress, with the support of UNESCO, the WDL "makes it possible to discover, study, and enjoy cultural treasures from around the world on one site, in a variety of ways. These cultural treasures include, but are not limited to, manuscripts, maps, rare books, musical scores, recordings, films, prints, photographs, and architectural drawings. Items on the WDL may easily be browsed by place, time, topic, type of item, and contributing institution, or can be located by an open-ended search, in several languages. Special features include interactive geographic clusters, a timeline, advanced image-viewing and interpretive capabilities. Item-level descriptions and interviews with curators about featured items provide additional information." Currently includes more than 200 entries under East, Central and South, and Southeast Asia.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.wdl.org/en/
 
Yale University Art Gallery: Asian Art
Highlighting 30 works from the Yale University Art Gallery's collection of Asian art. All objects have descriptions.

Go to Museum Resource: http://artgallery.yale.edu/pages/collection/permanent/pc_asian.php
 
Östasiatiska Museet: The Collections
Six selections from China, Japan, and India, covering a range of time periods and media, from the Östasiatiska Museet collections. Select link to each artwork from the column at left. Images of artworks do not enlarge, but all have short descriptions.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.ostasiatiska.se/smvk/jsp/polopoly.jsp?d=152&a=148
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