Across Asia and the Islamic World

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New collection volume highlights the strengths, variety and sheer wonder of The Walters Art Museum’s unique Asian and Islamic collections

“What these photos and essays leave you with is a new understanding of looking at historic objects: as material output of cultures continuously on the move.”—Sigrid van Roode, Bedouin Silver 

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The Walters Art Museum is among America’s most distinctive museums, forging connections between people and art from cultures around the world and spanning seven millennia. The museum features a stunning array of objects, from richly illuminated Qur’ans and images of the Buddha, to captivating narrative paintings and artfully crafted ceramics and metalworks.

Official publication of this new volume in March 2023 celebrates the reopening of the Museum’s Arts of Asia and Islam collections in the renovated and reinstalled 4th floor of the Centre Street Building. Across Asia and the Islamic World will be the first volume in a series of titles which break away from the traditional academic approach. It is built around themes that transcend period, form, locale and medium, and forms part of the Museum’s wider initiative to focus resources on developing new ways of interpreting its collections.


Series editor: Ruth Bowler, director of Publication and Digital Production, The Walters Art Museum

Volume Editor Adriana Proser, the Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Quincy Scott Curator of Asian Art, The Walters Art Museum

Foreword by Julia Marciari-Alexander, Andrea B. and John H. Laporte Director, The Walters Art Museum

Contributions by Adriana Proser; Dany Chan, associate curator of Asian Art, The Walters Art Museum and Ashley Dimmig, the Wieler-Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow in Islamic Art, The Walters Art Museum

Table of contents

  • Foreword by Julia Marciari-Alexander
  • Expansion and Exchange Across Borders by Dany Chan
  • Moving Social Stature and Spirit by Adriana Proser
  • Carrying Culture Across Land and Sea by Ashley Dimmig
  • Selected Bibliography
  • Index