Asian Art Museum
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I took aproximatly a 3 hour visit to the seven general divisions of the museum´s collection: South Asia, the Persian World and West Asia, Southeast Asia, the Himalayas and the Tibetan Buddhist World, China, Korea and Japan.
Along your journey you will travel through the history of the different religions that have predominated in Asian Continent and the development of trade in China and the Silk Road.
Take a look into the Ganeshas which are figurines of happy elephants and that were believed to bring good luck to begin new projects.
There are also interesting surviving representations of Buddha dating back from hundreds of years after his death. Each region has it´s own version of Buddhas but always keeping certain features: symbols or radiance, monk´s robe, superhuman features, long earlobes, particular possings and gestures.
There are also representations of diverse Shivas and other godess. A Coran dating 1882 from Irak, magnificent works in Jade from China and impressive paintings from Korea. Lots of historic samples from Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Singapur, India, China, Japan... covering all the continent.
Asia is a term invented by Greek and Romans and later developped by Western Geographs to designate an land mass area between the east Ural Mountains and Ural River, together with the islands of Java and Japan.
Altough "Asia" does not culturally exist and their people often have very little in common with each other, the museum puts together their artistic achievements in all their varieties.
The entrance was $12 p.p and thursdays after 5 p.m you pay just half prize as it it museums night in the city.