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

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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/collections/asian
Shanghai Museum: Collection
View collection by category: Bronze, Sculpture, Coins, Ceramics, Paintings and Jade. It is also possible to search the entire collection and view museum “Treasures.”

Go to Museum Resource: https://www.shanghaimuseum.net/museum/frontend/en/collection/index.action
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.thlib.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: https://www.tnm.jp/?lang=en
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: https://umma.umich.edu/archive/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/page/e/east-asia/
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