Collections: Southeast Asia

During his lifetime, Charles Lang Freer acquired just a handful of objects from Southeast Asia. Today, the Freer|Sackler’s Southeast Asian art collections comprise close to nine hundred objects, thanks largely to the contributions of Ann and Gilbert H. Kinney, Arthur M. Sackler, and other donors. Together, these objects represent the region’s rich material culture of Buddhist and Hindu sculpture in stone and bronze, and ritual and secular objects in bronze and terra-cotta. The Hauge Collection of Ceramics from Mainland Southeast Asia reflects vibrant local pottery traditions and trade networks from prehistory to the present, and the Freer Study Collection houses more than three thousand sherds.

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Figure, Bhairava LTS 2017.1.1

Power in Southeast Asia

two men working on a pot
Online Catalogue

Ceramics in Mainland Southeast Asia


Forbes Symposium: Studies of Ancient Asian Metallurgy

detail from an old Connections
Asian Art Connections: Taking Shape (PDF)

For Teachers


Paths to Perfection: Buddhist Art at the Freer|Sackler

Lid detail of stoneware bottle with four male faces above four female torsos with outstretched hands

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