Asian Art

The Museum houses a world-renowned collection of art from South and Southeast Asia, with superb examples of this region’s sculptural and painting traditions. On permanent display are holdings from India, Pakistan, Nepal, Tibet, Cambodia and Thailand, as well as selected works from Afghanistan, Burma (Myanmar), Bangladesh, China, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Vietnam. The collection is particularly rich in art from the Indian subcontinent, including monumental stone sculpture from the Kushana and Gupta periods, and a remarkable group of Chola bronzes from southern India. A selection of the Museum’s Rajput paintings from India is often on view, as are several thankas, or religious paintings, from Tibet and Nepal. The Museum’s impressive Japanese woodblock prints, the majority of which were formerly in the collection of Frank Lloyd Wright, are featured in exhibitions. To learn more about the collection, watch the video podcast "Learning to Look at Asian Art at the Norton Simon Museum."