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    Avery Brundage Collection

    In 1959, Chicago industrialist Avery Brundage agreed to donate his vast collection of Asian art to San Francisco on the condition that the city build a new museum to house it. In total, Avery Brundage donated more than 7,700 Asian art objects to the City of San Francisco—all housed at the Asian Art Museum.

    Today, the museum’s collection stands at more than eighteen thousand objects, making it the largest museum in the United States devoted exclusively to the arts of Asia.

    Place of Origin: Korea
    Date Made: approx. 1050-1150
    Historical Period: Goryeo dynasty (918-1392)
    Materials: Stoneware with celadon glaze
    Object Number: B60P123+.a-.b
    Place of Origin: Probably Uzbekistan
    Date Made: 1440-1460
    Historical Period: Timurid period (1370-1506)
    Materials: Nephrite
    Object Number: B60J619
    Place of Origin: Iran
    Date Made: approx. 1560-1570
    Historical Period: Safavid period (1501-1722)
    Materials: Gold and colors on paper; binding of leather, lacquer, gold, and colors
    Object Number: B76D12