Gallery

South and Southeast Asian Art

South and Southeast Asia Gallery (Gallery 176)

Sculptures and decorative arts reflect the sophisticated artistic traditions of India and the surrounding South Asian countries of Pakistan, Nepal and Sri Lanka, as well as Southeast Asia, which includes Indonesia, Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam. The installation emphasizes how cultural exchange between the two geographic regions shaped artistic development during the course of two millennia. Opened in December 2011, it features many recently conserved objects in new cases and on new mounts.

Visitors can move through the gallery chronologically, witnessing the shaping of these artistic worlds over time, or explore groupings of South Asian and Southeast Asian objects that illuminate surprising interconnections.