About the Collection
The College’s Asian Art collection reflects the breadth of aesthetic production by the peoples of Asia. Consisting of about 2,000 objects, the collection includes everyday items such as writing materials, clothing and personal adornment articles as well as ritual vessels and altar screens.
Created from ceramic, porcelain, jade and other stones, glass, bronze and other metals, ivory, wood and horn, silk and paper, and textiles, these objects span the years from the Shang dynasty (1700-1027 B.C.) to the Qing dynasty (1644-1911 A.D.) and into the mid-20th century. The majority of these objects are from China, but it also contains items from Japan, Korea, Java, India, and Central Asia.
These objects provide an engaging set of resources for the teaching of Asian studies.
Frank H. Kramer (1886-1963)
Over the years, many people have donated Asian art to the College. The largest gift came from Kramer, Class of 1914, and a professor here from 1920 to 1956. He used his extensive collection to teach "Appreciation of Oriental Art" for 15 years.
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