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

Zoe Kwok

Nancy and Peter Lee 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.

Kit Brooks

Curator of Asian Art

Kit Brooks joined the Art Museum in 2024 and is a specialist in Japanese art history. Prior to their appointment, Brooks was the Japan Foundation Assistant Curator of Japanese Art at the National Museum of Asian Art (Smithsonian Institutions, Washington, DC). Their recent projects include the exhibitions Staging the Supernatural: Ghosts and the Theater in Japanese Prints (2024) and Ay-Ō’s Happy Rainbow Hell (2023), the first US museum exhibition dedicated to the psychedelic Japanese Fluxus artist Ay-Ō (b. 1931). Brooks also curated Living Proof: Drawing in Nineteenth Century Japan (2017) at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, St. Louis, MO, and Uncanny JapanThe Art of Yoshitoshi (2015), at Worcester Museum of Art, MA, among others. Previously, they have held positions at the British Museum, Harvard Art Museums, and the Boston Children’s Museum. Brooks earned their PhD in art history from Harvard University, with a dissertation focused on the materiality of surimono prints in the nineteenth century,  and received an MA from SOAS and a BA from University College London.