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Asian Art Museum – San Francisco

Asian Art Museum - San Francisco

Asian Art Museum – San Francisco

The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, also known as the Chong-Moon Lee Center for Asian Art and Culture, has a comprehensive Asian art collection with more than 18,000 works of art in its permanent collection.

The collection covers all major Asian countries and traditions, with a focus on South Asia, Iran and Central Asia, Southeast Asia, the Himalayas, China, Korea, and Japan.

Highlights of the Asian Art Museum

A Tour of the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco

  • Dancing Ganesha
    • This “Dancing Ganesha” is a sculpture full of movement and represents a favorite theme in South Asian art. Ganesha is one of the best-known and most worshipped deities in the Hindu pantheon. One of the Ganesha stories involves a battle with a powerful demon that had terrorized the gods. One of Ganesha’s tusks was broken during the struggle, which speared the demon and transformed him into a rodent, which can be seen below Ganesha’s right foot. Accompanying Ganesha is also his entourage of musicians.
  • Seated Ganesha
    • This “Seated Ganesha” is a sculpture showing Ganesha crowned and bejeweled. He is holding objects associated with one of India’s beloved gods: a battle-ax, a lotus, a bowl of sweets, and his broken tusk. Ganesha’s elephant head and his multiple arms is a mark of his divine nature. Elephants carry complicated symbolism in Indian culture and have long been associated with fertility and prosperity.
  • Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara – Guanyin
    • This wooden statue of Avalokiteśvara is a bodhisattva from China’s Song Dynasty of about 960 – 1279. Seated in a position of the “royal ease” with the right hand resting on a bent right knee and the left hand in the gift-granting gesture. The image is dressed as an Indian prince with long and fluid garments; and with sashes, scarves and jewels.
  • Seated Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara – Guanyin
    • This gilt bronze statue of Avalokiteśvara is a bodhisattva who embodies the compassion of all Buddhas. Sitting in the posture of “royal ease” with the right hand resting on a bent right knee and the left leg hanging over the seat. The image is dressed as an Indian prince in long and fluid garments with sashes, scarves, and jewels.

Asian Art Museum – San Francisco

  • Name:                   Asian Art Museum
  • City:                       San Francisco
  • Country:                United States
  • Established:          1966
  • Type:                     Art Museum
  • Locations:             200 Larkin St, San Francisco, USA

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“Hearing a thousand times does not equal seeing once.”
– Cambodian Proverb

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Photo Credit:  JOM

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