South Asian Galleries

at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
Now On View
Witness the breathtaking artistic and spiritual traditions of cultures at the height of their aesthetic powers. The South Asian galleries are back—reimagined and more awe-inspiring than ever. With works spanning more than two thousand years and a vast area including India, Iran, Tibet, and parts of Southeast Asia, this extraordinary collection awakens your mind and calms your soul. Experience the ceremonial uses of the stunning South Indian Temple Hall—the only one of its kind in the Western Hemisphere—as you would in Madurai, where it originated. Meditate on a Tibetan Buddhist altar, made of seventy-six pieces of elaborately carved and painted wood. Or discover how sight and sound, text and image, past and present merge to create an unforgettable sensory experience: a contemporary animation housed in a seventeenth-century Persian dome. 
 
Philadelphia Museum of Art: Main Building