Shakyamuni Buddha, Tibet, 19th century, bronze, gold and pigment, 30 1/2 x 18 x 14 in.,
Gift of Arthur I. Appleton
One of the largest collections at the Appleton, the Asian art holdings include religious and secular works from China, India, Japan, Tibet and Southeast Asia. Buddhist art is represented by Indian, Tibetan, Thai and Burmese sculptures and textiles. The Chinese works feature a number of important ceramic pieces including Tang Dynasty horse and guardian figures, rare celadon funerary vases and many fine examples of Chinese Export Ware. A fascinating area is devoted to the art of Japan, which includes a variety of netsukes, Meji era bronzes, and kimonos.
The Appleton Museum of Art houses a permanent collection of more than 24,000 works, representing the art of Europe, America, Asia, Africa, Contemporary and Pre-Columbia. It also hosts special exhibitions. The museum was built starting in 1984 by businessman Arthur Appleton and his wife, the actress Martha O'Driscoll Appleton, and opened in 1987. It is part of the College of Central Florida and is located in Ocala, Florida. Since September 2019, Asian art historian Jason Steuber has led the Appleton as director.
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