Asian Art Treasures at Scripps College


Anonymous, Sino-Tibetan, Seated Tara, 18-19th c., bronze, 20 x 13 1/2 x 9 1/2 in., Scripps College, Claremont

AUGUST 31 – DECEMBER 15, 2019

Opening Celebration: September 7, 7-9 pm

A selection of some of the best Asian art in the Scripps collection, this exhibition is in recognition of the work of Dr. Bruce Coats, professor of Art History and the Humanities and the Suzanne Ely Muchnic ’62 and Paul D. Muchnic Endowed Professorship. Curator Meher McArthur worked in concert with Dr. Coats in making the selections, many of which are counted among the treasures of the College.

This exhibition showcases many of the college’s finest Asian art treasures, selected for their exceptional artistic quality and historical importance.  Among the artworks on view are important Chinese scroll paintings from the Yuan (1279-1368), Ming (1368-1644) and Qing dynasties (1644-1912) that have recently undergone conservation. On display for the first time are recently donated Japanese porcelain works, and cloisonné enamels. The exhibition also includes a group of exquisite Japanese lacquered hair ornaments ranging from the 18th through 20th century.


Dr. Kathleen Ryor
Tanaka Memorial Professor of International Understanding and Art History, Carleton College
“Style, Meaning and Function in Traditional Chinese Painting:
Case Studies from the Scripps Collection”
Vita Nova Hall
September 7, 4–5 p.m.

The exhibition, opening, and lecture are free and open to the public.

Lectures are made possible by the Aoki Endowment, Clark and Harper Funds at Scripps, and WorldBridge Art, Inc.  

Locations listed are on the Scripps College campus. The map of the campus can be accessed here.