Asian Studies

This page highlights Artstor content related to the history and culture of Asia, as illustrated by works of art and architecture, from traditional forms to contemporary works, as well as photographs of historical events and figures.
View our Curated Image Groups: Asian Studies, Chinese Art, Japanese Art, Korean Art, and South and Southeast Asian Art. These image groups feature 100 images selected by an expert to serve as an introduction to the topic.

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Browse by Geography to choose countries in Asia, then choose a Classification (e.g. Paintings, Sculpture, etc.) 

Browse collections specializing in Asian art (e.g. Southeast Asia Visions: John M. Echols Collection), or browse museums with encyclopedic collections (e.g. The Metropolitan Museum of Art or Los Angeles County Museum of Art) by Classification, then by countries in Asia

Use the asterisk (*) when keyword searching to truncate your terms and retrieve variant endings (e.g. buddh* will retrieve buddha, buddhist, buddhism, etc.

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Artstor shares several collections that document important religious sites and architecture throughout Asia. These include: the Mellon International Dunhuang Archive (Buddhist cave shrines in Dunhuang, China); Shuilu’an Temple (Northwestern University)(Buddhist sculpture at Shuilu’an Temple in Lantian, China); Deepanjana Danda Klein and Arno Klein: Cave Temples at Ellora, India (Buddhist, Hindu, and Jain cave shrines in Ellora, India); Beyond the Taj: Architectural Traditions and Landscape Experience in South Asia (Cornell University Library); and Getty Research Institute: Carl and Jennifer Strom: Korean Buddhist Monasteries. For the Dunhuang caves and Shuilu-an Temple, Artstor offers scholars and students unique visual documentation of the sites with high resolution digital photography and QuickTime Virtual Reality (QTVR) panoramas. 

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