The Asian Gallery at the Flint Institute of Arts has recently been completely reinstalled. Several impressive new gifts to the collection are included along with other works from the FIA's Asian collection that have not been on view for sometime. The newly acquired life-sized Song Dynasty (960–1279) wood carving of the Seated Guanyin Bodhisattva can be viewed alongside a sandstone Buddha head from India (ca. 11th–12th century). Other important Buddhist sculptures made of marble, limestone, wood, and bronze from Japan, Thailand, and Cambodia are included in this installation.
In addition to the influence of Buddhism on Asian art, this gallery installation also explores other ancient Asian art forms. Among the highlights are ancient Indian vessels depicting yakshas
, male and female divinities, and a stone Hindu sculpture (see cover image), dating from the 10th–11th century.Other works on view include jades, tomb guardian figures, bronze vessels, and a ceramic tortoise. The FIA's impressive Chinese snuff bottle collection is also on view.
Chinese, Western Han Dynasty
ceramic, 206 BCE–8 CE
8 x 11 x 21 inches
Gift of Barry Fitzmorris, 2011.246
Chinese, Northern Qi
limestone, 550–577 CE
35 1/2 x 12 x 5 inches
Gift of Barry Fitzmorris, 2011.228