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The Art Downstairs: South and Southeast Asian Art
Asian Art Collection

The Asian Art Collection at the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena

Photo © 2006 Kayte Deioma, courtesy of www.KayteDeioma.com
Many people I know have visited the Norton Simon a number of times and never been downstairs. Even if you only have a few minutes, I would highly recommend a stroll through the Asian Art Collection. Works from India dominate, but Tibet, Nepal, Cambodia, Thailand and other South and Southeast Asian countries are also represented. There are plenty of the typical statues of Buddha, Vishnu and Ganesh, but also excellent representations of the playfulness and eroticism found in South Asian art.

The temporary exhibit galleries are also downstairs, featuring rotating exhibits from the permanent collection.

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