Court and Capital

31 May 2017 - 10 December 2017

The courts and cities of Asia were―and still are―some of the largest and most important on earth. This exhibition presents the grand customs and fashions of Asian capitals, and looks at their transition from feudal seats to modern megacities.

Unidentified Artist, "Japanese: Beauties Aboard a Ship (detail)," c. 1930    Unidentified Artist, Indian, Mughal: Emperor Aurangzeb, late 17th century

Fujiwara Nobuyoshi, Japanese, 1800-1856: "Figures Viewing Cherry Blossoms," c. 1800-1840


Court and Capital is part of a groundbreaking re-installation of the Ackland Art Museum’s Asian galleries, presenting the Museum’s acclaimed collection of art from across the continent. Read the press release.

Unidentified Artist, Japanese: Beauties Aboard a Ship (detail), c. 1930; colored pigment on paper. Gift of Mrs. Joseph Palmer Knapp, by exchange, 2016.16.2.

Unidentified Artist, Indian, Mughal: Emperor Aurangzeb (detail), late 17th century; opaque watercolor and gold. Gift of Gilbert J. and Clara T. Yager in honor of Dr. Sarah Schroth, Curator of the 1995 exhibition Intimate Views: Indian Miniature Paintings… 95.4.1.

Fujiwara Nobuyoshi, Japanese, 1800-1856: Figures Viewing Cherry Blossoms (detail), c. 1800-1840; pigment on paper handscroll. Ackland Fund, 84.39.1. Conservation treatment for this scroll painting, completed in 2012, was made possible by grants from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, and the Office of the Provost of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.