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Museum of Asia: photos, description (Musee Asiatica)

This Museum in Biarritz is known by several names - the Museum of "Asiatique", the Museum of the peoples of Asia or Asian art Museum. In any case, we are talking about one of the five largest museums in Europe dedicated to the art and culture of the multifaceted East.

The Museum's area is about 800 square meters, and its collection has more than thousand units of storage. All these works of art were created in China, India, Nepal or Tibet. "Age" the most ancient of the exhibits is more than five millennia and belong to the Neolithic period and culture liangzhu.

In the section on Tibet submitted bronzes - for example, images of deities and portraits of the lamas and artifacts from the monastery Drepung, which is the largest Buddhist monastery. Drepung, founded in the early XV century, is located in the Tibet Autonomous region of China, and earlier was among three state of the monasteries of Tibet and was the residence of the Dalai lamas. To one of the Tibetan monasteries were brought from Beijing, the statue of Buddhist goddess Tara, made in the XV century. The sculpture was cast in bronze and covered with a layer of gold. The earthly life of Gautama or Shakyamuni Buddha depicted on thankas - the paintings on fabric that Tibetans carried.

In the Indian hall, you can see jewelry made from precious metals and stones, miniatures, and sculpture of the medieval period depicting Hindu gods - Shiva, Vishnu, Parvati.

The Nepalese part of the collection of the Museum introduces visitors to the products of bronze and wood carved religious character.