The Asia collection consists of material from China, Japan, Myanmar (Burma), Thailand, Tibet, Pakistan, Afghanistan and India.
Significant pieces include a 19th century elm bark cloth tunic from an Ainu fisherman in the Ishicari district on the northwest coast of Hokkaido Island, Japan. There are also a series of 15th century ceramic plaques from the Shwegugyi and Ajapalacetiya pagodas of Bago in lower Myanmar. They depict scenes from the temptation of Siddhartha Gautama (Buddha) by the demon Mara.
In the World Cultures gallery there will be a case dedicated Asian material culture and faith such as Buddhism, Hinduism and islam which reflects collection strengths. There will be examples of Chinese and Japanese porcelain dating to the 19th century, Burmese textiles plus a more modern and exquisite example of lacquerware from Japan.