NOMA’s Japanese collection includes three hundred Japanese screen and scroll paintings dating from the Edo period (1615-1868) into the early 20th Century. Of special significance are numerous paintings in the Nanga, Maruyama-Shijo, Rimpa and Zen traditions of Edo painting, including such masters as Ike Taiga, Matsumura Goshun, Hon’ami Koetsu and Hakuin Ekaku.
The Museum’s collection of Chinese ceramic art includes examples from the Neolithic to the end of the imperial era, exploring the earthenware, stoneware and porcelain traditions in China. Highlights in this rich collection include a fine selection of Song ceramics and an outstanding collection of blue and white wares from the Yongzheng and Qianlong eras of the Qing dynasty. Enameled wares, including those intended for export, comprise another important aspect of NOMA’s collection.
The arts of India represent NOMA’s newest area of collecting. The Museum houses a significant and growing collection of the tribal and village arts of India, particularly those from the Khond tribes and arts from the Karnataka region. The tradition of appeasing local deities in the Karnataka region, known as Bhutas, result in the creation of large bronze masks and breastplates, and the carving of large wooden statues for the local temples, and are a highlight of NOMA’s Indian collection.