Asian Art

Chinese Painting | Chinese Sculpture & Applied Arts | Indian Sculpture | Japanese Graphic Arts | Japanese Painting | Japanese Sculpture & Applied Arts

In the past 25 years, the Vanderbilt Fine Arts Collection has greatly expanded its Asian art holdings to approximately 2,500 works, primarily due to donations from many individuals.

In 1978, Vanderbilt was extremely fortunate in being given the first choice in selecting 152 Asian works of art from the estate of Harold P. Stern, the former director of the Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. In addition, Vanderbilt was able to acquire Stern’s collection of rare Japanese woodblock-printed illustrated books, most dating to the seventeenth through nineteenth centuries.

Japan is strongly represented in the Asian collection, due in great measure to the generosity of Herman D. Doochin. The Gallery’s Chinese Collection has been significantly strengthened through a series of generous gifts from Chauncey P. Lowe and with very important gifts given by Richard P. Arens. Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Southeast Asian ceramics constitute another major portion of the collection.

Chinese Painting

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Ch’en Ku
Chinese, dates unknown
Court Official with Attendant Seated in a Palace Garden (detail), date unknown
Ink and color on silk
47″ x 16 1/2″
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Howard L. Boorman
1980.094

Chinese Sculpture & Applied Arts

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Chinese, Liangzhu Culture
Bi disc
Dated ca. 3300–2000 BCE
Jade
9″ diameter x 5/8″
Gift of Chauncey P. Lowe
1999.138

Chinese, Liangzhu Culture
Cong, ca. 3300–2000 BCE
Jade
7 3/4″ tall, 2 1/4″ interior diameter
Gift of Chauncey P. Lowe
2002.027

Chinese
Horse with Rider
Western Han dynasty (206 BCE –
9 CE)
Dated 206 B.C.–8 A.D.
Earthenware with Pigment
13 1/2″ x 11 3/4″ x 4 1/2″
Gift of Chauncey P. Lowe
2000.106

Chinese
Head of a Buddha
Northern Qi (550–577 CE) or Tang dynasty (618–907 CE)
Argillite
20″ x12″ x11 3/4″
Gift of Richard P. Arens
2001.166

Chinese
Court lady
Tang dynasty (618–907 CE)
White earthenware
9 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″
Gift of Chauncey P. Lowe
2000.109

Chinese
Pair of dwarfs, one with green glaze, the other with three-color glaze in green, brown, and white
Tang dynasty (618–907 CE)
Earthenware
Left: 4 5/8″ x 1 5/8″ x 1 3/4″
Right: 4 1/2 ” x 1 13/16 ” x 1 5/8 ”
Gift of Larry and Charlene Thompson
2001.163 a&b

Anonymous
Chinese
Ding ware tea bowl, Northern Song dynasty (960–1127 CE)
Porcelain
1 5/8″ x 4 1/4″ diameter
Gift of Chauncey P. Lowe
2002.030

Anonymous
Chinese
Yaozhou ware conical bowl with russet glaze,
Northern Song dynasty (960–1127 CE)
Stoneware
2 3/8″ x 5″ diameter
Gift of Larry & Charlene Thompson
2002.032

Anonymous
Chinese
Bodhisattva
Ming dynasty (1368–1644 CE)
Dated 17th century
Painted terracotta,
37 1/2″ x 24″ x 18″
Gift of Richard P. Arens
2001.005

Indian Sculpture

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Anonymous
South Indian, Vijayanagar Kingdom
Standing Vishnu, Late Medieval Period (1400–1600 CE)
Granite
58 1/2″ x 27″ x 9 1/2″
Vanderbilt Art Association Acquisition Fund
1981.034

Japanese Graphic Arts

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Utagawa Kunisada, Japan, 1786–1864
A Standing Bijin, ca. 1820,
Color woodblock print
28 3/4″ x 9 3/4″
Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery Fund for Japanese Art
2002.007

Moonlight Evening at Takanawa

Andô Hiroshige, Japanese, 1797–1858
Moonlight Evening at Takanawa, from the series Famous Places of Edo, 1853
Woodblock print
13 1/2″ x 8 9/16″
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. John B. Youmans
1972.024

Andō Hiroshige
Japanese (1797–1858)
A Pilgrims’ Association Procession at Kanasugibashi at Shibaura, 1857
Color woodblock print
14 1/8″ x 9 7/16″
The Anna C. Hoyt Collection, Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery
1956.059

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Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
Japanese (1839–1892)
Ichikawa Kodanji IV as Torii Matasuke, 1860
Color woodblock print
14″ x 9 1/2″
Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery Fund for Japanese Art
2002.005

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
Japanese (1839–1892)
Itchy: The appearance of a kept woman of the Kaei era, 1888
Color woodblock print
14 3/4″ x 10″
Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery Fund for Japanese Art
2002.006

Tsuchiya Koitsu
Japanese (1870–1949)
Suijin Woods in the Snow Along the Sumida River,
Tokyo, from the Tokyo Landscape Series (Tokyo Fukei), 1934
Color woodblock print
14 3/8″ x 9 1/2″
Gift of Julia Hereford Estate
1989.042

 

Japanese Painting

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Unknown Artist from the Tosa School
Japanese
Six panel screen with scenes from the Tale of Genji, 17th century
Ink and color on gold leaf
54″ x 9′ 1″
Gift of the William M. Hannan Family
1986.025

Anonymous
Japanese
Rakuchu-Rakugai (View of Daily Life in Kyoto), detail
Six panel screen, 18th century
Mineral color on gold leaf
5′ 8″ x 12′
Anonymous gift
2000.005

 

Japanese Sculpture & Applied Arts

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Anonymous
Japanese
Suzuribako (writing case) in seven parts: lid, 2
piece gold lacquered brush, silver water dropper, ink stone, ink stick, tray insert, and box.
Landscape on lid exterior and chrysanthemums on
lid interior, 18th century
Lacquer with gold and silver
1″ x 3 3/16″ x 3 7/8″
The Harold P. Stern Collection, Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery
1978.002

Anonymous
Japanese
Plate with design in blue underglaze of Mouse Eating a Turnip, 19th century
Porcelain
1 3/4″ x 11 7/16″
The Harold P. Stern Collection, Vanderbilt University
1978.022

Anonymous
Japanese
Gourd Shaped Vase with design of 2 figures viewing scroll in garden, and morning glories, patterned flowers, and lotus motif at base
Kutani ware, 19th century
Porcelain
3 1/2″ x 2 1/2″
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Nathaniel I. Grey
1986. 044