Friday, June 19, 2015

National Museum of Asian Art, Guimet

During our latest visit, John and I fell in love with the musée Guimet all over again. We had worried that we had exhausted it in our previous visit four years ago. We needn't have worried. As we were leaving we agreed we would rate it among our top five attractions in Paris.
Musée national des arts asiatiques Guimet is a huge and superbly curated selection of Asian art guaranteed to surprise and please the visitor.
Feminine Deity, Cambodia, near Angkor, end of the 12th, beginning of 13th century. Sandstone.
Fragment of a narrative relief. Thailand. 7th to 8th century.
Vishnu, Thailand, 7th-8th century
The collection has a stunning works from India, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, China and Japan.
Vishnu. Madhya Pradesh, India. 11th to 12th centuries. 
Manjusri, bodhisattva of knowledge. Nepal, 13th century.
Hayagriva's wife gazes into one of her husband's three faces.
Tibet. End of 15th, beginning of 16th century.
Court ladies dancing. Tang dynasty, China
Splendid ceramic horses from Central China, Sichuan Dynasty
Decorated ceramic goblets from prehistoric Afghanistan
Plate ornamented with a fish, Thailand, 14th-15th century
Funerary statue. Northern China, 8th to 11th century. Painted terra cotta.
Lovely examples of glazed ceramics from Tang Dynasty, China
Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara in a grotto, Ming Dynasty, China, 16th century.
 Japanese screen
Ishikawa Danjuro in the role of Shibaraku by Utagawa Kunisada, Edo period, around 1820.
Head of jina, Nepal, 18th century, wood with traces of colour
Seated buddha. Korean. 11th to 12th century.
Buddha. Myanmar. 19th century. Bronze.


  1. The court ladies dancing caught my eye, they're all exquisite works. I hope I get there one day.

  2. I'm sure you will get back one day, Shelley. Soon we hope! and do put the Guimet on your list of must-visits!