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Art From Us MUSEUM GUIDE : The Metropolitan Museum of Art : Gallery 244

The MET : Gallery 244 : Southeast Asian Art

Art From Us Museum Guide #562

Art From Us presents a must-see Museum Guide daily, where we showcase specific artworks in specific museums – from across the globe. Today, for Art From Us, Museum Guide #562 the spotlight is on the Metropolitan Museum of Art (the MET) NY’s Gallery 244. Showcasing a collection of Southeast Asian Art. 

The three works in focus are :

  1. Armlet, ca. 300 BC to AD 200.
  2. Ewer with elephant-headed spout, from the late 2nd – 3rd century.
  3. Icense burner with dragon spout, from the late 1st – 3rd century.

The significance of the 3 works chosen for Art From Us, Museum Guide #562

Welcome to the Art From Us, Museum Guide #562.

In this edition of our Museum Guide, we discover artefacts from Southeast Asia, housed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art : Gallery 244. As explained on the MET’s website, this particular gallery houses objects from countries including China, Cambodia, Burma (present day Myanmar) and Indonesia, spanning over the ‘early centuries AD to the first millenium BC.’

Two of the objects chosen for Art From Us, Museum Guide #562 originate from Vietnam and are made in bronze. The incense burner was bequeathed to the MET by Samuel Eilenberg in 1988, and the ewer was bought in 2004. Both these objects are delightful examples of Vietnamese craftsmanship of the time. The creators of these objects arguably highlighted beauty in functionality by adding the an element of design – drawn from nature – in the form of an animal head.

The third piece, an armlet, originates from Thailand and found its way to the MET in 2000.

From mystical and ritualistic objects to these so called ‘mundane’ every-day use beauties, the Metropolitan Museum of Art houses a Southeast Asian treasure trove.


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