Opened in 1985, the Arthur M. Sackler Museum in Cambridge, MA, holds world-renowned collections of Asian art, most notably, archaic Chinese jades and Japanese surimono, as well as outstanding Chinese bronzes, ceremonial weapons, Buddhist cave-temple sculptures, ceramics from China and Korea, Japanese works on paper, and lacquer boxes. The Museum’s Asian art gallery represents most of the countries and regions of Asia. It holds notable works of ancient Asian art, including Chinese jade and ceramics, Japanese woodblock prints, Buddhist cave-temple sculptures, ancient narrative paintings, as well as artwork from Islamic lands and India.
The ancient Mediterranean and Byzantine collections are comprised of signiﬁcant works in all media from Greece, Rome, Egypt, and the Near East. Strengths include Greek vases, small bronzes, and coins from throughout the ancient Mediterranean world. The Museum also holds exceptional works on paper from Islamic lands and India, including paintings, drawings, calligraphy, and manuscript illustrations, with particular strength in Rajput art, as well as important Islamic ceramics from the 8th through 19th century.
There are approximately 20,000 artworks, spanning more than 7,000 years, from Neolithic times to the present, and originate from a broad range of Asian civilizations. While The Arthur M. Sackler Museum n Cambridge, MA, includes significant ancient artworks from India, Southeast Asia, and Tibet, it is most renowned for its East Asian art, consisting of art from China, Korea, and Japan. The Museum has become a vital resource in terms of research for students and specialists not only in Asian art history but also in areas such as archaeology, social anthropology, epigraphy, literature, religion, philosophy, and political science, serving both the academic Harvard community and the public.
Yoga: The Art of Transformation
October 19, 2013 – January 26, 2014
Through masterpieces of Indian sculpture and paintings, this exhibition explores yoga’s goals; its Hindu, as well as Buddhist, Jain, and Sufi manifestations; its means of transforming body and consciousness; and its profound philosophical foundations. It is the first exhibition to present this leitmotif of Indian visual culture and examines the roles of yogis and yoginis played in Indian society over two thousand years.
Strange and Wondrous: Prints of India From the Robert J. Del Bonta Collection
October 19, 2013 – January 5, 2014
As global travel boomed from the 16th to the 20th century, merchants, soldiers, and missionaries documented their visits to India and other foreign lands in illustrated accounts. Created using such techniques as engraving, aquatint, lithography, and photogravure, these subjects and designs were easily duplicated, and copies circulated widely. Prints of Indian ascetics, Hindu deities, and religious ceremonies fascinated Europeans and Americans. Drawing from the encyclopedic collection of Robert J. Del Bontà, Strange and Wondrous brings together an exceptional group of 50 prints that show how perceptions of Indian culture shifted through the centuries, from the Enlightenment to the colonial period and into modernity.
10 – 5:30 p.m.
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