Arthur M Sackler Gallery

About the Museum


Sculpture of South Asia and the Himalayas, Arthur M Sackler Gallery

Interior, Arthur M Sackler Gallery

Sculpture of South Asia and the Himalayas, Arthur M Sackler Gallery
Image courtesy Freer and Sackler Galleries, Smithsonian

Sculpture of South Asia and the Himalayas, Arthur M Sackler Gallery

Exterior View, Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Colleen Dugan/Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur

Exterior View, Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Arthur M Sackler Gallery
Image courtesy Freer and Sackler Galleries, Smithsonian

Arthur M Sackler Gallery

Arthur M Sackler Gallery, with Monkeys Grasp for the Moon by Xu Bing
Image courtesy Freer and Sackler Galleries, Smithsonian

Arthur M Sackler Gallery, with Monkeys Grasp for the Moon by Xu Bing

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The Arthur M Sackler Gallery is one of two museums in the Smithsonian Institution dedicated to Asian art. With works from across the continent, the museum holds extensive examples of Indian, Chinese, Japanese and Iranian art, from ancient artefacts to 20th-century works. Highlights include an extensive collection of Chinese jade and bronzes, a selection of modern Japanese ceramics and a range of South Asian sculpture. These are presented alongside temporary exhibitions exploring the rich history of Asian art and the work of contemporary artists from the region.

(Image courtesy Freer and Sackler Galleries, Smithsonian)

Collection Highlights


Tile in the shape of a mihrab
Disk (bi 璧)
Pendant (pei) in the form of a dragon
Dagger-axe (ge)
Tube (cong 琮)
Arthur M Sackler Gallery: Collection Highlights
Tile in the shape of a mihrab, 13th century
stone-paste, molded, with turquoise glaze, 61.3 cm x 42.2 cm x 7.6 cm
Gift of Arthur M Sackler, Arthur M Sackler Gallery, Image courtesy Freer and Sackler Galleries, Smithsonian
Disk (bi 璧), Late Neolithic period, c.3300-2250 BC
Jade (nephrite), 31.2 cm x 1.6 cm
Gift of Arthur M Sackler, Arthur M Sackler Gallery, Image courtesy Freer and Sackler Galleries, Smithsonian
Pendant (pei) in the form of a dragon, Eastern Zhou dynasty, 3rd century BC
Jade , 11.7 cm x 34.3 cm x 0.7 cm
Gift of Arthur M Sackler, Arthur M Sackler Gallery, Image courtesy Freer and Sackler Galleries, Smithsonian
Dagger-axe (ge), Late Shang dynasty, c.12th-11th century BC
Jade , 20.4 cm x 6.2 cm x 0.7 cm
Gift of Arthur M Sackler, Arthur M Sackler Gallery, Image courtesy Freer and Sackler Galleries, Smithsonian
Tube (cong 琮), Anyang period, Probably Late Shang dynasty, c.1300-c.1050 BC
Jade, 32.1 cm x 12.3 cm x 12.3 cm
Gift of Arthur M Sackler, Arthur M Sackler Gallery, Image courtesy Freer and Sackler Galleries, Smithsonian
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