Eastern Art

The Eastern Art collection numbers about 6,000 items, mostly from China and Japan.

It holds a Designated status under the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council Designation Scheme, which identifies and celebrates pre-eminent collections of national and international importance held in England’s non-national museums, libraries and archives.

A highlight of the collection is the Schiller bequest of Chinese ceramics and other items (1946), including fine Tang dynasty (618-906 AD) and Song dynasty (960-1279 AD) ceramics. The collection also includes a world-class collection of Chinese glass – the Burrows Abbey bequest of 300 pieces (1950) – recognised as the best collection outside China.

Collections from other Asian countries include items from India, Iran, Thailand, Burma and Korea, Islamic objects from a wide geographic area including Spain, works on paper such as Chinese export paintings, Japanese prints and Indian paintings, and textiles including several hundred pieces of Chinese dress and embroidery.

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