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.

Morocco, Pair of doors with geometrical design, 19th century, Fez, Marocco, wood, pigment, metallic paint, tin, copper, 260.0 x 169.0 cm; Gift of Joan Beer, Colin Cowan, Nick and Fiona Grieve, Adam Gwinnett, Lipman Karas, Mark Livesey QC, Leo Mahar, Diana McLaurin and Judith Rischbieth through the Art Gallery of South Australia Foundation Collectors Club 2018, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide.

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AGSA's historical Islamic Art collection is strengthened with this acquisition of Moroccan doors.

India, Akbar enthroned, 1595-1600, possibly Agra, Uttar Pradesh, opaque watercolour and gold on paper, 37.0 x 22.0 cm; M.J.M. Carter AO Collection through the Art Gallery of South Australia Foundation 2019, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, photo: Saul Steed.

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The acquisition of the portrait of Akbar the Great is shared by James Bennett.

Turkey, Talismanic shirt, mid-late19th century, Turkey, cotton, gold leaf, pigment and ink, hand-stitching, gold buttons, 81.0 cm; M.J.M. Carter AO Collection through the Art Gallery of South Australia Foundation 2019, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide.

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A major landmark addition to the Islamic art collection.

Indonesia, Bali, Star calendar (plintangan), mid-19th century, Tulikup, Karangasem, Bali, bark cloth (ulon tage), 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.

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Explore 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.

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James Bennett celebrates a Vietnamese ceramic vessel.