The Asian art collection, which begun in 1904, represents art from across the region, with focuses on the pre-modern art of Japan, Southeast Asia, India and the Middle East. The collection includes stone, wood and bronze sculpture, ceramics, textiles, paintings and decorative arts such as lacquer ware. Our dedicated Asian galleries include Australia’s only permanent display of Islamic art. Highlights of the contemporary Asian art collection include a series of textiles by Indonesian artist Eko Nugroho.

Indonesia, Bali, Star calendar (plintangan), mid-19th century, Tulikup, Karangasem, Bali, ulon tage, bark cloth, natural pigment and ink, 160.0 x 220.0 cm; M.J.M. Carter AO Collection through the Art Gallery of South Australia Foundation 2019, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide.

Curator's Insight

James Bennett explores the significance of the Balinese Star calendar.

Vietnam, Chu Dau, Ewer, in the shape of a phoenix, late 15th century, Chu Dau, Hai Duong, stoneware, moulded with underglaze blue decoration, 26.5 cm (height); Gift of Alastair Hunter OAM through the Art Gallery of South Australia Foundation 2019 in recognition of the friendship of his parents Elizabeth and Tom Hunter and Dick Richards, Curator of Asian Art (1968-2000), and his long and meritorious contribution to the Gallery, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide.

Curator's Insight

James Bennett celebrates a Vietnamese ceramic vessel.