USC Pacific Asia Museum’s collection continues to grow and now numbers more than 17,000 objects, including rare and representative examples of art and ethnographic objects from Asia and the Pacific Islands, spanning more than five thousand years. Prominent among these are the Harari Collection of Japanese paintings and drawings from the Edo period (1600-1868);significant holdings in Chinese ceramics and textiles; one of the largest collections of Japanese folk paintings outside Japan; a South Pacific tapa (bark cloth) collection; the Lydman and Snukal Collections of Chinese ceramics; Southeast Asian Ceramics from the Collection of Margot and Hans Ries; a fine collection of Buddhist art from throughout Asia; and the complete prints of Paul Jacoulet. The museum has recently reinstalled its Chinese decorative arts and Japanese galleries. Through its collections, the museum demonstrates the range and diversity of the arts of Asia and uses the arts to explore the region’s cultures and history.
The museum’s historic building, a centerpiece of the permanent collection, has served as a cultural center in Pasadena since its construction in 1924 by Grace Nicholson as her home and gallery.