Colors of the East

All colors of Asia at MAO

By Museo d'Arte Orientale

Two Samurai (c. 1760) by Torii KiyomitsuMuseo d'Arte Orientale

Beige

The color of the scrolls and ceramics, of ivory and sculptures faded by time. An old color that speaks of wisdom, scriptures and long gone rituals.

Sea eagle on a rock with waves, Yanagisawa Kien (Ryūrikyō), Half 18th century AD, From the collection of: Museo d'Arte Orientale
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The poet Narihira while on a journey to the eastern provinces, Katsushika Hokusai, c. 1805 - c. 1810, From the collection of: Museo d'Arte Orientale
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Tiger and dragon, Kishi Ganku, c. 1830, From the collection of: Museo d'Arte Orientale
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Pitcher with cockerel head, Unknown, 12th century AD - 13th century AD, From the collection of: Museo d'Arte Orientale
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Velvet (17th century AD) by UnknownMuseo d'Arte Orientale

Red

The substance of Fire, which may be protective, but also suggest danger and anger, uncontrollable passions. In the Buddhist religion, red is the symbol of compassion, in the Chinese tradition it is the Yang element.

Carpet fragment, Unknown, Second half 16th century AD, From the collection of: Museo d'Arte Orientale
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Manjuvajramandala with 43 ​​deities, Unknown, 15th century AD - 16thcentury AD, From the collection of: Museo d'Arte Orientale
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Guhari Amida seated atop a lotus, Unknown, 14th century AD - 15th century AD, From the collection of: Museo d'Arte Orientale
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Maitreya, Unknown, 15th century AD, From the collection of: Museo d'Arte Orientale
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Ewer (12th century AD - 13th century AD) by UnknownMuseo d'Arte Orientale

Blue

Many ancient religions associate blue with divinity: so it is with the Egyptian Amun, the Mexican Huitzilopochtli, the Babylonian Marduk. Blue is also the color of the throat of Shiva. Blue is used to decorate mosques, and the Temple of Heaven in Beijing has the roof covered with glazed tiles of this color.

Bowl with fish, Unknown, 12th century AD - 13th century AD, From the collection of: Museo d'Arte Orientale
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Ten-pointed star-shaped tile, Unknown, Half 15th century AD, From the collection of: Museo d'Arte Orientale
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Nine-tiled panel, Unknown, 17th century AD, From the collection of: Museo d'Arte Orientale
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Tile, Unknown, 17th century AD, From the collection of: Museo d'Arte Orientale
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Lokapāla Virūḍhaka (15th century AD - 15th century AD) by UnknownMuseo d'Arte Orientale

Golden

Symbol of purity, eternity and perfection. In ancient religions, gold tells the human endeavor to achieve aesthetic and moral perfection. In alchemy, it is considered the soul of the matter. Because of his rust, gold is synonymous of durability and incorruptibility, of what is great and infinite, of the divinity itself.

Rakuchū Rakugai zu, Unknown, c. 1626, From the collection of: Museo d'Arte Orientale
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Crane (tsuru), Unknown, 17th century, From the collection of: Museo d'Arte Orientale
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Shōkannon standing on a pedestal of lotus, Unknown, 14th century AD, From the collection of: Museo d'Arte Orientale
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Jizo Bosatsu standing on a double lotus, Unknown, 15th century AD, From the collection of: Museo d'Arte Orientale
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