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Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Smithsonian’s Museums of Asian Art Releases Collections Online.
On Jan. 1, 2015, the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, the Smithsonian’s museums of Asian art, released their entire collections online. This collection provides access to one of the world’s most important holdings of Asian and American art.
The museum’s masterpieces range in time from the Neolithic to the present day, featuring especially fine groupings of Chinese jades and bronzes, Islamic art, Chinese paintings and masterworks from ancient Persia. Currently, the collection boasts 1,806 American art objects, 1,176 ancient Egyptian objects, 2,076 ancient Near Eastern objects, 10,424 Chinese objects, 2,683 Islamic objects, 1,213 South and Southeast Asian objects and smaller groupings of Korean, Armenian, Byzantine, Greek and Roman works. In addition, the Freer Study Collection—more than 10,000 objects used by scholars around the world for scientific research and reference—will be viewable for the first time.”
Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat