The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco was opened on the 20th of March, 2003. The museum houses the world’s most comprehensive collections of Asian arts. It has over 18,000 permanent collections of artworks and some of those collections are as old as 6,000 years. The museum holds some of the most spectacular Asian arts collection in the United States. The Beaux-Arts architectural masterpiece of the museum is attributed to architects George W. Kelham and Gae Aulenti.
The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco has a conservation center that preserves and protects the museum’s collections for the benefit of the future generations. Works at the conservation center includes the development of new methods of conservation to address the changing needs of the museum, scholarly research on techniques, materials, treatment, and preventive care. The center helps visitors to have a deeper understanding of the Asian cultures. The specialist conservation disciplines within the department include textile, three-dimensional objects, and paper and painting.
Some of the gallery collections of the museum are displayed on the second and third floors. These include over 2000 artworks of the Asian cultures. The gallery’s work of arts is rotated regularly to offer visitors the opportunity of seeing more collections of the museum. Some of the popular ancient collections of the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco include the Rhinoceros vessel, Buddha Triumphing over Mara, Shiva and Parvati, Ewer with Lid, Brahma and Indra SeatedBuddha dated 338, and Shimhavaktra Dakini.
The Rhinoceros vessel is one of the few Chinese vessels made in the form of animals in the Bronze Age, probably for holding food or wine. It dates back to between 1100 and 1050 BCE. The sculpture of Buddha Triumphing over Mara with legs crossed in a meditative position and a lump indicating extraordinary wisdom on the head was created from the 900s and it displays a lot of features of the Buddha images.
The Chinese Lacquerware at the museum offers one of the best craftsmanship you will find in the world. The collections of the lacquer are produced by top artisans to suit the elite’s refined taste. The Chinese lacquers are created in distinctive techniques used between the 13th and 20th century.
The collections of Japanese lacquerware at the museum are also great and gorgeous. The 19 objects in this category were created between the 17th and 20th century and they include incense containers, a kimono screen, picnic set, and travelling chest.
You can learn lacquer production in film footage. People see and learn how to extract sap and how to decorate with gold or silver powder. The toxic liquid used in making the lacquer is extracted from a poison oak related tree.
The experience of learning and knowing other peoples believe and culture at the museum is great. It is very amazing how the awesome artifacts were preserved. The museum has a very good souvenir store and nice café.
The C. Lann Chun library of the museum has approximately 40,000 titles. They also have auction catalogues, over 230 active serial subscriptions, photography collections, and microforms. The library materials are scholarly, rare and cover almost all subjects. These materials are not available in most colleges and local university libraries. The collections of the library can only be accessed via appointments by the general public from 9 AM to 4 PM from Monday to Friday.