Court and Capital: Art from Asia’s Greatest Cities

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.

Learn more about the artworks on view! Access our Object Guide: Court and Capital.

Unidentified Artist, Indian, Mughal: Emperor Aurangzeb, late 17th century   

A fresh selection of light-sensitive works—including drawings, scrolls, and screens—will be on view after a brief closing (4-7 September 2017).

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.

Unless otherwise indicated, all images are of objects from the collection of the Ackland Art Museum, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill:

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.

Namikawa Sosuke, Japanese, 1847-1910: Cloisonné Enamel Vase with Spring Flowers, c. 1895; cloisonné enamel vase with wired, wireless (musen), and “few wire” (shosen) elements against gradient (bokashi) ground, with some cloisons of silver and gold. Pending Partial Gift of Susan Tosk in Honor of Eugene Tosk, TC 398.

Ando Hiroshige, Japanese, 1797-1858: Twilight Moon at Ryogoku, from Famous Places of the Eastern Capital, 1831/32; color woodblock print. Ackland Art Museum, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Gift of Barbara B. Jensen in memory of The Rev. Dr. and Mrs. T.T. Brumbaugh, 2000.5.5.