National Museum of Oriental Art

Museo Nazionale d'Arte Orientale

The National Museum of Oriental Art (Italian: Museo Nazionale d'Arte Orientale) is an important museum in Rome, Italy, dedicated to the arts of the Orient, from the Middle East to Japan. In particular, the museum has a rather remarkable collection of artifacts from the Gandhara area. This is due the archaeological missions of the Italian Institute for Middle and Far East (IsMEO) to the Buddhist and protohistoric sites of Swat, namely the Butkara Stupa, Barikot, Panr, Aligrama among others. Other collections include items from the Palace of Mas'ud III and the Buddhist shrine of Tape Sardar at Ghazni,Afghanistan, the prehistoric city of Shahr-e Sokhteh, in eastern Iran, and the art objects from Nepal, Tibet and Ladakh collected by Giuseppe Tucci on his travels in 1928-1948.
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Far East: China, Japan, Vietnam

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The large collections include neolithic ceramics, ritual bronze vessels, Buddhist statues, porcelains, lacquerwares, paintings, prints and textiles (3rd millennium BC-20th cent. AD). Text source...

Tibet and Nepal

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The collection is formed mostly by paintings on textiles, metal statues, ritual and everyday life objects, jewels and part of pieces of forniture (12th-19th cent.). Text source Image source


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This gallery, recently opened thanks to the generous support of the Korea Foundation, is dedicated to Korean archaeology and art and hosts bronzes, seals, céladons and contemporary art objects. Text...


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The section includes metals, glasses and ceramics mainly from Iran, ranging from the Protoislamic to the Qajar period (8th-19th cent.) and findings from Mas’ud III palace at Ghazni in Afghanistan...


Permanent exhibition

The reliefs, coming mostly from the excavations of the Italian Archaeological Expedition in Pakistan, represent scenes of Buddha’s historical life and of his earlier existences (1st-4th cent.). Text...

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