Asian Art

Asian Art

The collection of Asian art includes diverse materials from China, Japan, Korea, Southeast and Central Asia, and India, dating from Neolithic to present times. The strengths of the collection are in Chinese and Japanese art ranging from Neolithic pottery and jade, ancient ritual bronze vessels, ceramics, lacquerware, metalware, and sculpture to woodblock prints, painting, and calligraphy. In the arts of China, the collections of calligraphy and painting rank among the finest outside Asia. Calligraphic works range from Buddhist and Daoist scriptures of the Tang dynasty to poems, records, and letters from the Song dynasty. Among the paintings are rare masterpieces from the Song and Yuan dynasties as well as numerous examples by later masters. The collection also includes Shang dynasty oracle bones, ancient ritual bronze vessels, ceramic vessels and figurines, Buddhist sculpture, and a rare group of Liao or Jin dynasty painted wood tomb panels and coffin boards from the tenth to thirteenth centuries. The Museum has a growing collection of Japanese art, with works ranging from Jōmon to modern period ceramics, Heian and Kamakura period sculpture, as well as painting, calligraphy, screens, and woodblock prints from the Heian to contemporary periods. The arts of Korea include examples of celadon and modern painting and sculpture. Metal, stone, and terracotta sculptures from Southeast Asia, India, Gandhara, and other Central Asian regions make it possible for the visitor to trace Buddhist sculptural styles from early forms to later developments in East Asia. Works from the collection are exhibited in the Asian galleries on a rotating basis throughout the year.

Selections from the Princeton University Art Museum's Asian art collection are presented in the Asian Art Website.

The arts of Asia are examined in a cultural and historical context. 

Explore the P.Y. and Kinmay W. Tang Center for East Asian Art

Cary Liu

Nancy and Peter Lee Curator of Asian Art

Cary Y. Liu is a specialist in Chinese architectural history and art history; he holds M.Arch. and Ph.D. degrees from Princeton University and is a licensed architect. Recent exhibitions for which he has been curator include Sacred Caves of the Silk Road: Ways of Knowing and Re-creating Dunhuang (2015); Outside In: Chinese x American x Contemporary Art (2009); Providing for the Afterlife: “Brilliant Artifacts” from Shandong (2005); Recarving China's Past: Art, Archaeology, and Architecture of the “Wu Family Shrines” (2005); and The Embodied Image: Chinese Calligraphy from the John B. Elliott Collection (1999). Among his publications are contributions to Art of the Sung and Yüan: Ritual, Ethnicity, and Style in Painting (1999) and to the journals Oriental Art, OrientationsTaida Journal, T'oung Pao, and Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians. His publications include “The Qin and Han Imperial City: Modeling and Visualizing Architecture” in The Age of Empires (New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2017), “The Concepts of Architectural Space in Historical Chinese Thought” in A Companion to Chinese Art (Malden, MA: Wiley Blackwell, 2016). "Between the Titans: Constructions of Modernity and Tradition at the Dawn of Chinese Architectural History" in Bridges to Heaven: Essays on East Asian Art in Honor of Professor Wen C. Fong (2011) and "Chinese Architectural Aesthetics: Patterns of Living and Being between Past and Present" in House, Home, Family: Living and Being Chinese (Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2005).

 

Zoe Kwok

Associate Curator of Asian Art

Zoe S. Kwok joined the Art Museum in 2013 and is a specialist in Chinese art history. Her most recent project was the exhibition and publication, The Eternal Feast: Banqueting in Chinese Art from the 10th to the 14th Century (2019). She also served as co-curator for Sacred Caves of the Silk Road: Ways of Knowing and Re-creating Dunhuang (2015) and brought two South Asian exhibitions to Princeton in 2016; Epic Tales from India and Contemporary Stories: Revisiting South Asian Narratives. She has a B.A. in history and art history from Wellesley College, an M.A. in East Asian Studies from Harvard University, and received a Ph.D. from Princeton University in 2013. Prior to joining the Art Museum, Kwok was an adjunct visiting professor at Franklin & Marshall College.  She has also worked at the National Palace Museum, Taiwan and was a Fulbright Fellow in China.