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Collections: Southeast Asia

https://asia.si.edu/collections-area/southeast-asian/
<p>Encompassing thousands of islands and mainland topographies between India, Australia, and China, Southeast Asia has been at the center of long-distance trade networks for centuries. Accordingly, Southeast Asian artworks feature innovative forms that blend local and imported traditions. The regions art is also deeply connected with the tropical environment. Nature informs everything from the materials &#8230;</p>

Collections: South Asian and Himalayan

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<p>The arts of South Asia and the Himalayas are closely intertwined with the subcontinent&#8217;s many religious traditions. This region, which includes India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, and Tibet, is the birthplace of three major religions: Hinduism, Jainism, and Buddhism. The Islamic kingdoms that were established in South Asia in the twelfth century brought &#8230;</p>

Collections: Korean

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<p>The simple forms, spare decoration, and monochrome glazes of Joseon period (13921910) teabowls first attracted Charles Lang Freer to Korean ceramics. He expanded his collection to include Goryeo dynasty (9181392) celadons, which had once adorned palaces, Buddhist temples, and private residences of the aristocracy. The same aristocratic patrons commissioned exquisite Buddhist paintings, such as the &#8230;</p>

Collections: Chinese

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<p>With more than thirteen thousand objects dating from Neolithic times (ca. 7000ca. 2000 BCE) to the present, the Freer and Sackler boast among the finest museum collections of Chinese art. In addition to containing numerous masterworks, the collections powerfully reflect all major dynastic periods and materials of artistic production. Uncommon concentrations of special categories include &#8230;</p>

Collections: Biblical Manuscripts

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<p>During his first visit to Egypt in 1906, Charles Lang Freer was offered a small group of biblical manuscripts. Despite knowing little of their significance, he made the purchase. Freers instincts were good: he had purchased one of the worlds oldest Greek parchment manuscripts of the Gospels. In subsequent years, Freer obtained additional manuscripts from &#8230;</p>

Collections: Arts of the Islamic World

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<p>The phrases &#8220;arts of the Islamic World&#8221; and &#8220;Islamic art&#8221; refer to a variety of artistic traditions that have flourished in a vast geographic regionfrom southern Spain and North Africa to the islands of Southeast Asia since the advent of Islam in the late seventh century. While different cities and regions developed their own distinct &#8230;</p>

Collections: Ancient Near East

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<p>The ancient Near East, a region extending from the eastern shores of the Mediterranean Sea to present-day Afghanistan, was home to several of the world&#8217;s oldest civilizations. Favored with an abundance of natural resources, the people of this region developed metalworking and pottery making to a level of sophistication unknown elsewhere at the time. Today, &#8230;</p>

Collections: Ancient Egyptian

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<p>A standing figure of Horus, the falcon-headed Egyptian sky god, and his painted wooden shrine are among the highlights of our ancient Egyptian artworks. Charles Lang Freer took three trips to Egypt between 1906 and 1910, initiating a collection that now includes more than one thousand objects dating to as early as 2500 BCE. The &#8230;</p>

Collections: American

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<p>Charles Lang Freer, a Detroit businessman, began collecting works by living American artists in the 1880s. In 1890, he met James McNeill Whistler, whose style had been influenced by Japanese prints and Chinese ceramics. Following the artists advice, Freer began acquiring Asian art, amassing a fine array of both American and Asian works that ultimately &#8230;</p>

Collections: Japanese

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<p>From his first Asian art purchasea painted Japanese fanCharles Lang Freer was inspired by the beauty of Japanese paintings and ceramics and of Buddhist paintings, metalwork, and sculpture. More than two thousand Japanese works were included in his gift to the nation. From this foundation, the Freer Gallerys collection has grown in size and scope &#8230;</p>