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East Asia

As well as bronzes, textiles and lacquer, our collection contains excellent examples of major ceramic traditions and works from many of the important schools of painting. Contemporary expressions are represented by artists of the standing of Zhang Xiaogang, Yoshihiro Suda and Nam June Paik.

The East Asian collection encompasses the art of China, Korea and Japan whose cultural histories converge and diverge through the centuries. A great respect for calligraphy and the written text is common to all, as is a shared heritage of Buddhism. However Confucianism has shaped traditional China as has shamanism in Korea and Shinto in Japan. All cultures have a rich legacy from the patronage of imperial courts; while traditions such as the literati in China and the samurai in Japan have contributed to the distinctiveness of each culture.

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