The Cleveland Museum of Art's collection of Asian art is highly regarded and considered one of the best in the United States. On my most recent visit to the museum I began an exploration of that collection. We will begin with the art of Japan.
This cooking vessel dating from 2500 B.C, is typical in design from those of that era. They are called "fire-flame vessels" because of the decoration resembling flames.
This bronze bell dates from between A.D. 100 and 200. Migrants from Korea introduced the skills of casting bronze and iron. This bell is similar to those found in Korea.
Earthenware figures of people and animals called "Haniwa" were placed on burial mounds in early Japan. This image of a woman dates from the 6th century.
Another "Haniwa", this one of a horse.
This pair of fierce-looking guardians, carved from wood in the 1200s, would have stood at the entrance to a Buddhist temple.
One has an open mouth which symbolizes life, and the other a closed mouth symbolizing death.
This wooden carving from the 1200s portrays Buddha as a medicine master. The statue is made of several pieces of wood and is covered with lacquer and gilt. The Buddha sits on a lotus flower and is backed by a halo.