Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Asian Art Museum - San Francisco
The Asian Art Museum in San Francisco is divided into seven geographic regions: South Asia; the Persian World and West Asia; Southeast Asia; the Himalayas and the Tibetan Buddhist World; China; Korea; and Japan. Winding through all the galleries are three major themes: the development of Buddhism; trade and cultural exchange; and local beliefs and practices.
This particular museum is one of my favorites within San Francisco. It has been a while since I visited so I thought I would take advantage of their free day, visit a friend and check out the museum. I have always loved Asian art and being able to see the diverse collections within this museum is a real treat.
I took dozens of photos so I will bring you several different posts containing various artworks in several different regions, throughout the next few weeks. In this post I will show you a few Buddha sculptures. For some of these I do have names and some I do not. Many of these were taken behind glass so you will see reflections in some of these photos.
This is a closeup of Amida, the Seated Buddha - Japan (794-1185)
It is always so difficult to get photos, sans people especially on free days. This is a shot of The Seated Buddha, Amida in the Japan area.