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Fabulous collection of Asian art - Review by Monica C | Crow Collection of Asian Art

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Fabulous collection of Asian art 4/1/2006

This amazing museum in the Arts District of Dallas is a phenomenal place to visit. It's small but host to a million little treasures from South and East Asia. Best of all, admission is FREE! The first gallery you typically enter features a temp exhibit, usuall by modern Asian artists; for example they have featured in the past Japanese quilts and works of art made by blind Chinese artisans. Once you go up the elevator, you find yourself in the Chinese gallery, which features things like ornately decorated snuff bottles, tapesties of Manchu rulers, elegant objects of carved jade, large vessels, and much more. Don't forget to check out the objects on the mezzanine. once you proceed down the adjacent hallway, you'll pass a display case featuring a Mughal-era stand for the holy Q'uran, a knife, and some other objects from Muslim India. In the next gallery, you find the facade of an Indian fort, as well as a multitude of reliefs of Hindu gods. Behind the fort are golden objects from Nepal and South-East Asia. There is a mini-room adjacent where you find ornate wooden carvings. The museum also hosts regular events (festivals and the like) as well as craft sessions (like mehndi classes) that costs a small amount of money (but the festivals are free). Last time I went, they were renovating, I think to include a bigger gift shop. All in all, this is a fabulous place to visit. It's small, but inviting and clean, and there aren't security guards breathing down your neck at every turn. 100% wonderful! more
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