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Asian Collection

"Exploring the Rich Tapestry of Asian Art, History

Background imageAsian Collection: Map of The Byzantine Empire

Map of The Byzantine Empire
A map showing the extent of the Byzantine Empire - the predominantly Greek-speaking continuation of the Roman Empire during Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages. Date: 1800

Background imageAsian Collection: Yamaha YZF-R1

Yamaha YZF-R1 2000 Blue electric

Background imageAsian Collection: Al-Idrisis world map, 1154

Al-Idrisis world map, 1154
Al-Idrisis world map. This world map, known as the Tabula Rogeriana, dates from 1154, and is orientated with North at bottom

Background imageAsian Collection: The Great Wave off Kanagawa

The Great Wave off Kanagawa (c. 1830-1833). This woodblock print is by the Japanese artist Hokusai

Background imageAsian Collection: Albrecht Durers Rhinoceros

Albrecht Durers Rhinoceros
An Indian rhinoceros, is the largest of the Asian species, as depicted by Albrecht Durer. It has a thick, dark grey hide, which folds like armour

Background imageAsian Collection: Reflection of Angkor Wat Temple in lake, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Reflection of Angkor Wat Temple in lake, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Angkor Wat Temple and reflection in pool, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Background imageAsian Collection: Continental drift after 250 million years

Continental drift after 250 million years, showing the supercontinent of Pangea Ultima, which was named for the ancient supercontinent of Pangea

Background imageAsian Collection: Orteliuss map of Ottoman Empire, 1570

Orteliuss map of Ottoman Empire, 1570
Orteliuss map of the Ottoman Empire. This map is from the 1570 first edition of Theatrum orbis terrarum ( Theatre of the World )

Background imageAsian Collection: Map of the Empire of King Alexander the Great

Map of the Empire of King Alexander the Great (Alexander III of Macedon 356323 BC), from Greece in the west to India in the east. Date: 1807

Background imageAsian Collection: Nissan Skyline GT-R R34 Japanese

Nissan Skyline GT-R R34 Japanese

Background imageAsian Collection: Subaru Impreza 22b STi Japanese

Subaru Impreza 22b STi Japanese

Background imageAsian Collection: Honda VTR1000 SP2

Honda VTR1000 SP2

Background imageAsian Collection: Honda VTR 1000 Repsol Fireblade

Honda VTR 1000 Repsol Fireblade

Background imageAsian Collection: Angkor Wat Temple and reflection in lake in Siem Reap, Cambodia

Angkor Wat Temple and reflection in lake in Siem Reap, Cambodia

Background imageAsian Collection: British Empire world map, 19th century

British Empire world map, 19th century
British Empire world map. This world map shows the 19th-century British Empire (pink) and its indigenous peoples. Five illustrations (clockwise from upper left) show the people of Australia

Background imageAsian Collection: Honda Goldwing Japan

Honda Goldwing Japan

Background imageAsian Collection: Tagore

Tagore, Rabindranath (1861-1941)

Background imageAsian Collection: Map of Vietnam

Map of Vietnam

Background imageAsian Collection: Honda VFR750R RC30

Honda VFR750R RC30

Background imageAsian Collection: Honda VFR750R RC30

Honda VFR750R RC30

Background imageAsian Collection: Queen Victoria and Abdul Karim, c. 1890

Queen Victoria and Abdul Karim, c. 1890
Photographic portrait of Queen Victoria (1819-1901) of Great Britain and Ireland and Empress of India, pictured at her writing desk, c.1890

Background imageAsian Collection: Oronce Fines world map, 1531

Oronce Fines world map, 1531
Oronce Fines world map. Map of the worlds northern and southern hemispheres by the French mathematician and cartographer Oronce Fine (1494-1555)

Background imageAsian Collection: Honda CBR 1000RR Fireblade

Honda CBR 1000RR Fireblade

Background imageAsian Collection: EMPIREs HIGHWAY TO INDIA. The Empires Highway to India

EMPIREs HIGHWAY TO INDIA. The Empires Highway to India. View of Bombay, India from a British ship. British Empire Marketing Board poster, c1928

Background imageAsian Collection: GPAC2A-00018

GPAC2A-00018
Map of the Pacific island groups, 1800s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageAsian Collection: Kawasaki ZX-10R Ninja Japanese

Kawasaki ZX-10R Ninja Japanese

Background imageAsian Collection: Honda CBR 1000RR Fireblade

Honda CBR 1000RR Fireblade

Background imageAsian Collection: Indian State Railways poster

Indian State Railways poster
Visit India tourism poster from Indian State Railways, promoting the delights and sights of Benares (Varanasi) on the banks of the River Ganges in the state of Uttar Pradesh

Background imageAsian Collection: Yamaha YZF-R6

Yamaha YZF-R6 2007 White & red

Background imageAsian Collection: Mongol horseman

Mongol horseman
Mongol or Tartar horseman. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageAsian Collection: Subaru Impreza P1

Subaru Impreza P1

Background imageAsian Collection: Nozawa Onsen, Japan at dawn with Ogama baths

Nozawa Onsen, Japan at dawn with Ogama baths

Background imageAsian Collection: Nissan GT-R 2013 White

Nissan GT-R 2013 White

Background imageAsian Collection: Mitsubishi Evo 8, 2005, Silver

Mitsubishi Evo 8, 2005, Silver
Mitsubishi Evo 8 2005 Silver

Background imageAsian Collection: Honda CX 500 Turbo

Honda CX 500 Turbo

Background imageAsian Collection: Yamaha XT 500 Japan

Yamaha XT 500 Japan

Background imageAsian Collection: Shwedagon Pagoda before sunrise, Yangon, Myanmar

Shwedagon Pagoda before sunrise, Yangon, Myanmar
Shwedagon Pagoda officially named Shwedagon Zedi Daw and also known as the Great Dagon Pagoda and the Golden Pagoda, is a gilded stupa located in Yangon, Myanmar

Background imageAsian Collection: WW2 poster, The British Commonwealth of Nations Together

WW2 poster, The British Commonwealth of Nations Together. 1941

Background imageAsian Collection: Grand Hotel, Chowringhee Road, Calcutta, India

Grand Hotel, Chowringhee Road, Calcutta, India
Grand Hotel, Chowringhee Road, Calcutta (Kolkata), India. Date: circa 1905

Background imageAsian Collection: Turkey / Izmir / Street / C19

Turkey / Izmir / Street / C19
A man leads his donkey and camels along a narrow street in Izmir. Date: 19th century

Background imageAsian Collection: Advert for United Kingdom Tea Company 1894

Advert for United Kingdom Tea Company 1894
Asian man pours tea from a china tea-pot. Date: 1894

Background imageAsian Collection: Map of the world, 1720

Map of the world, 1720
(Original Caption) 18th century map of the world. Published in Paris in 1720, this French map shows the known world, including the new lands that had been discovered in the preceding centuries by

Background imageAsian Collection: Red torii gate tunnel at Fushimi Inari Shinto shrine in Kyoto, Japan

Red torii gate tunnel at Fushimi Inari Shinto shrine in Kyoto, Japan

Background imageAsian Collection: Silhouettes on the U Bein Bridge at sunset, Amarapura, Myanmar

Silhouettes on the U Bein Bridge at sunset, Amarapura, Myanmar
People crossing the U Bein Bridge across the Taungthaman Lake at sunset in Amarapura, Mandalay, Myanmar (Burma) believed to be the oldest and longest teakwood bridge in the world

Background imageAsian Collection: Suzuki GSX-R1000

Suzuki GSX-R1000 2001 Blue/white

Background imageAsian Collection: Sandstone sculpture of a Yakshini, a benevolent tree spirit in Sanskrit mythology

Sandstone sculpture of a Yakshini, a benevolent tree spirit in Sanskrit mythology
INDIA: HINDU SCULPTURE. Sandstone sculpture of a Yakshini, a benevolent tree spirit in Sanskrit mythology, who looks after treasure hidden in the earth. 1st century A.D

Background imageAsian Collection: Bonsai dwarf pine, 1889 C013 / 8769

Bonsai dwarf pine, 1889 C013 / 8769
Bonsai dwarf pine, 19th-century artwork. This specimen is from Japan, and is 150 years old. Bonsai is the art of cultivating ornamental artificially-dwarfed varieties of trees

Background imageAsian Collection: CONSTELLATION MAP. An Indian Sanskrit star map, 1840, ordered as a manuscript horoscope for Prince

CONSTELLATION MAP. An Indian Sanskrit star map, 1840, ordered as a manuscript horoscope for Prince Navanihal Singh



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"Exploring the Rich Tapestry of Asian Art, History, and Innovation" From the ancient marvels depicted in Al-Idrisi's world map (1154) to the iconic woodblock print of "The Great Wave off Kanagawa, " Asia has long been a cradle of artistic brilliance. Its diverse cultures have left an indelible mark on humanity's collective heritage. Delving into history, we encounter the Byzantine Empire through its intricate map, revealing its vast territorial expanse and cultural influence. Meanwhile, Albrecht Durer's Rhinoceros captivates with its detailed portrayal of a creature from distant lands that fascinated Europeans during their encounters with Asia. Shifting our gaze towards geological wonders, continental drift after 250 million years reminds us how tectonic forces shaped not only Asia but also our entire planet. The reflection of Angkor Wat Temple in Siem Reap's serene lake transports us to Cambodia, where architectural mastery harmonizes with nature. In the realm of automobiles, Japan showcases its engineering prowess through vehicles like Subaru Impreza 22b STi and Nissan Skyline GT-R R34. These machines embody precision and speed while carrying the spirit of Japanese innovation across borders. Traversing time again brings us to explore empires: Alexander the Great's vast dominion immortalized in his empire map; or Britain's once-mighty reach displayed on a 19th-century world map showcasing their global influence. Finally, art takes center stage once more as we delve into Hokusai Katsushika’s mesmerizing artwork "The Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife. " This captivating piece exemplifies Japan’s unique artistic expression and storytelling tradition. Through these glimpses into Asian artistry, history, and ingenuity – whether it be maps charting conquests or masterpieces capturing imagination – we are reminded that Asia is an ever-evolving tapestry woven by the hands of countless generations.