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The museum holds a small collection of traditional Asian art. In 1973, Col. and Mrs. Van R. White donated a group of Ming and Qing Dynasty jades and porcelains, which forms the core of the Asian collection. Twelve Japanese wood block prints are from the Edo period by well-known artists such as Utamaro, Hiroshige and Hokusai, among others. The collection includes a 19th-century Indian miniature and several Arabic illustrated manuscript pages. Recently, the museum has acquired works by contemporary Chinese artists, including Hong Lei and Zhang Dali.

The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University owns more than 10,000 works of art. As part of its mission, the Nasher Museum created this online database to make its collections accessible to a wide audience. This is an ongoing project, so please check back periodically to browse new entries. Some data may change as a result of ongoing research.