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Buddha and Shiva, Lotus and Dragon: Masterworks from the Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd Collection at Asia Society
On view through June 7, 2020
New Orleans Museum of Art
New Orleans, Louisiana

Presenting nearly seventy of the finest examples of Asian art in the United States, “Buddha and Shiva, Lotus and Dragon” showcases the broad range of bronzes, ceramics, and metalwork assembled by John D. Rockefeller 3rd (1906– 1978) and his wife Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller (1909–1992) between the 1940s and the 1970s. With highlights including Chinese vases, Indian Chola bronzes, and Southeast Asian sculptures, the collection reveals great achievements in Asian art spanning more than two millennia.

Featuring works from across the Asian continent—Cambodia, China, India, Japan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tibet, and Vietnam, the selection of masterpieces presented in “Buddha and Shiva, Lotus and Dragon” illuminates social and artistic histories from across Asia and underscores the visual arts’ capacity to encourage cross-cultural dialogue.

Image credits-
Made in China, Jiangxi Province
Flask, Ming period, early 15th century (probably Yongle era, 1403–24)
Porcelain painted with underglaze cobalt blue (Jingdezhen ware)
Asia Society, New York: Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd Collection, 1979.160
Courtesy American Federation of Arts