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Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Washington, D.C.

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery forms part of the Smithsonian’s national museums of Asian art in the United States. The museum was founded in 1982 and is located on the south side of the National Mall, the majority of the museum is located underground below the Enid A. Haupt Garden.

The founding collection, consisting of approximately 1,000 objects, consisting of ancient and contemporary pieces, ranging from Near Eastern metalware and ceramics, South and Southeast Asian sculpture, Chinese jade and bronze pieces, and Chinese lacquerware and paintings. In 1986 a unique collection of Persian and Islamic paintings and manuscripts was added. Today the general holdings have been added to with Chinese, Indian, Korean and Japanese paintings, photography, contemporary ceramics from China, 19th- and 20th-century Japanese prints, contemporary Japanese pottery, and other related Asian arts.

Highlights of the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

      • Ancient Sculptures from Jordan
    • Agastya, Indonesia, East Java, c. 1200s AD, volcanic stone
    • Medicine buddha Bhaishajyaguru, Indonesia, central Java, 700s-800s AD, high tin bronze
    • Bodhisattva Maitreya, Gandhara, 2nd-3rd century AD, schist with pigment and gold
    • Shiva and Uma (Somaskanda), South India, c. 14th century AD, bronze
    • Crowned Buddha, Thailand or Cambodia, Lopburi period, the 1100s-1200s AD, bronze
    • Bhairava, Indonesia, East Java, the 1200s-1400s AD, andesite
    • Ghulam Ali Khan, Bahadur Shah II enthroned with Mirza Fakhruddin 1837–38
    • Khosrau II coin, minted in Susa, perhaps 619 AD

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

  • Name:                   Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
  • City:                      Washington, D.C.
  • Country:               United States
  • Established:         1923
  • Location:             1050 Independence Avenue, Washington, D.C.

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