The Guimet Museum (French: Musée national des arts asiatiques or Musée Guimet) is a museum of Asian art located at 6, place d'Iéna in the 16th arrondissement of Paris, France. It has one of the largest collections of Asian art outside Asia.
The museum, which was first located at Lyon in 1879 and was handed over to the state and transferred to Paris in 1885,Template:Citation needed was founded by Émile Étienne Guimet, an industrialist. Devoted to travel, Guimet was in 1876 commissioned by the minister of public instruction to study the religions of the Far East, and the museum contains many of the fruits of this expedition, including a fine collection of Chinese and Japanese porcelain and many objects relating not merely to the religions of the East but also to those of Ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome. One of its wings, the Panthéon Bouddhique, displays religious artworks.
Some of the museum's artifacts were collected from Southeast Asia by French authorities during the colonial period.
From December 2006 to April 2007, the museum harboured collections of the Kabul Museum, with archaeological pieces from the Greco-Bactrian city of Ai-Khanoum, and the Indo-Scythian treasure of Tillia Tepe.
Works of art of the museum
Gandhara Buddha, 1st-2nd century CE.
Hellenistic decorative scrolls from Hadda, northern Afghanistan.
Standing Buddha, ancient region of Gandhara, northern Afghanistan, 1st century.
Stone palette of a Nereid sea-goddess riding a Ketos sea-monster, Sirkap, 2nd century BCE.
Wine-drinking and music, Hadda, 1st-2nd century CE.
A Corinthian capitol with a Buddha at its center, 2nd century, Surk Kotal, Afghanistan.
The Greek god Atlas, supporting a Buddhist monument, Hadda.
The Bodhisattva Maitreya, 2nd century, Gandhara.
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Scene of the life of the Buddha. 2nd-3rd century. Gandhara.
Portraits from the site of Hadda, 3rd century.
"Heroic gesture of the Bodhisattva", 6th-7th century terracotta, Tumshuq (Xinjiang).
Head of a Bodhisattva, 6th-7th century terracotta, Tumshuq (Xinjiang).
Han Dynasty Horse (1st-2nd century)
Buddha triad, Eastern Wei (534-550), China.
Tang Dynasty Foreign Merchant
Northern Qi depiction of Sogdians
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One of the Group of glazed pottery luohans from Yixian, c 1000
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A sitting celadon lion, dated 11th to 12th century, Song Dynasty.
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A porcelain vase with design of men fighting on horseback, from the Jiajing reign period (1521–1567), Ming Dynasty.
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A round sancai dish from the Tang Dynasty, 8th to 9th century
An aniconic representation of Mara's assault on the Buddha, 2nd century, Amaravati, Guntur, India.
The Bodhisattva Maitreya, 2nd century, Mathura.
A Buddha, 2nd century, Mathura.
Buddha of the Gupta period, 5th century, Mathura.
Head of a Buddha, Gupta period, 6th century.
Buddha and Bodhisattvas, 11th century, Pala Empire.
Southeast Asian art
Mons Wheel of the Law (Dharmacakra), art of Dvaravati, c.8th century.
A Cambodian Buddha, 14th century
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Bodhisattva Lokesvara, Cambodia 12th century.
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