{Germany} Art Treasures from Asia

November 22, 2013

Germany

This week at work we’ve been filming some footage for this year’s Advent calendar. Obviously I can’t tell you anything about it, you’ll just have to wait until the 1 December, but it did mean I managed to get out to the ‘Museum für Asiatische Kunst’ (Museum of Asian Art), which is located outside of Berlin’s city centre.

Half-figure of a demon

Half-figure of a demon, probably 8th/9th century AD

 

Together with the Ethnologisches Museum (Ethnological Museum), the two museums house collections of non-European art and culture which, in their ensemble, are apparently the most significant of their kind internationally in terms of their scope and quality.

clay heads

Contenders for ‘Movember’: Two clay heads, probably from the 10th/11th century AD

 

While our camera team where getting their shots, I had a chance to wander about and capture some of the beautiful statues, sculptures, carvings and other pieces of art on display. I hope you enjoy the photos.

15 century door jamb details

Details of a 15th century door jamb

ganesa elephant statue

Dancing Ganesa, 11th century AD

buddha statue head

Another ‘Movember’ contender: Standing Buddha, from the 1st century AD

water lily tapestry

Temple wall hanging, 19th century

ivory carving lovers

Ivory carving, late 17th century

The Museum für Asiatische Kunst is open Tuesdays to Sundays, closed on Mondays. Admission is 8 Euro, discounts available. Kids under age 18 go free.

jainist temple detail elephant

Jainist family shrine, 18th century

 

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