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Arts of Asia

Hokusai Great Wave
Katsushika Hokusai. The Great Wave, 1830/33. Clarence Buckingham Collection.

The Art Institute’s Asian collection comprises works spanning nearly five millennia and from all of the continent’s major artistic traditions. Distinguished collections include Hindu and Buddhist sculpture; Chinese jades, bronzes, ceramics, and paintings; Japanese screens and woodblock prints— one of the finest assemblages in the world; Korean celadon; and Indian and Persian miniature paintings. Preserving the past and embracing the future, the department continues to enhance its holdings with new acquisitions of tradition-based modern and contemporary Asian art.

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