Color Across Asia

21 December 2016 - 31 January 2020

The larger of the Ackland’s two Asian art galleries has been reinstalled by color, enabling visitors to experience a full spectrum of cultural influence. Color Across Asia displays several millennia of the material cultures of Asia, showcasing a rich history of innovation, invention, and imitation. From the pure white of Chinese kaolin clay to the rich black of Japanese lacquers―and all the colors in between―Ackland visitors will see how pigments, precious metals, and glazing techniques made their way from Iranian grand bazaars to Indian temples, Chinese palaces, Japanese teahouses, and beyond.

Spectrum of Speakers: Conversations around Color Across Asia

Learn more about the artworks on view! Access our Object Guide: Color Across Asia.

Color Across Asia has been made possible in part by The Ruth and Sherman Lee Fund for Asian Art and the Lee Family, Philip and Linda Carl, and James Keith Brown and Eric Diefenbach.


Color Across Asia 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. Press Release

All images are details of objects from the collection of the Ackland Art Museum, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill:
Hill Jar, Chinese, n.d.; glazed earthenware with molded decoration. Ackland Fund, 88.28ab.
Pitcher with Handle, Persian, possibly Nishapur, 12th century or earlier; earthenware with turquoise glaze. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Peter P. Williams, 60.29.16.
Fujikasa Satoko, Japanese, born 1980: Flow, 2013; white slip with sand glazing. Promised Gift of Carol & Jeffrey Horvitz, L2014.1.2.
‘Yingqing’ Stem Cup and Cup Stand, Chinese, Southern Song Dynasty, A.D. 1127-1279; glazed porcelain. Gift of Smith Freeman, 2009.26.2.
Saucer Dish with Lotus Pattern in Rose, Chinese, c. 1760; porcelain. Gift of Richard D. Pardue, 2014.39.8.
Tankard, Chinese, Kangxi reign, c. 1720; porcelain, iron red (rouge-de-fer) and gold decoration. Gift of Richard D. Pardue in honor of Amanda M. Hughes, 2014.39.3.
Tea Bowl with Tortoiseshell Glaze, Chinese, 12th or 13th century; glazed stoneware, Jizhou ware. Gift of F. Eunice and Herbert F. Shatzman, 2003.28.27.
Myochin Munefusa, Japanese, 18th century: Mask (E-mi somen); russet iron with traces of black lacquer. Gift of the Tyche Foundation, 2010.25.