Over 800 pieces of art collected primarily from China, but also featuring work from Japan, Korea, India, Java, and Central Asia. This digital collection displays art from the larger Asian Art collection of over 2,000 items including ceramics, ivory, jade, wood, textiles, glass, horn, semi-precious stones, lacquer, porcelain, metal, paper, bamboo, and cloisonne. Pieces in the collection date from the Shang dynasty (1700-1027 B.C.E.) to the Qing dynasty (1644-1911 A.D.). The basis for the Asian Art collection came from alumnus and faculty member Dr. Frank Kramer. A finding aid to his full collection is available.
Leonard Baskin (1922-2000) was an American sculptor, illustrator, and printmaker. He is perhaps best known as a figurative sculptor whose moving works, such as The Altar at the Jewish Museum of New York, have an archaic Expressionist style. The Gehenna Press, Baskin’s private press, operated for over 50 years (1942-2000) and produced more than 100 volumes of fine art books. Imaginary Artists, a collection of 25 watercolor sketches, was completed in 1976 as a gift for Baskin’s friend, the distinguished Philadelphia lawyer Edwin Rome, and his wife, Rita.