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Asian Art Museum: Japanese Art + Cyrus Cylinder

For a brief while, there is an overlap of two exhibits. (1) The Larry Ellison Japanese Art Collection, and (2) the Cyrus Cylinder and Ancient Persia. Come and see two shows for the price of one!

The Schedule:

12:00 pm: Meet
12:15 pm: Eat (BYO food-drink Ok)
12:45 pm: See
2:45 pm: Free

After the exhibit, we may check out the regular collection of Japanese Art. There is also a docent tour on "The Japanese Aesthetic" daily at 1-1:45 pm.

The Tickets:
Adult / Senior, Student, 13-17 / 0-12 = $12 / 8 / 0. I will have a few free tickets. Please indicate if you are a member and have tickets to share.

Exhibit 1: Ellison's Japanese Art

From the museum website:

"The exhibition explores the dynamic nature of art selection and display in traditional Japanese settings, where artworks are often temporarily presented in response to a special occasion or to reflect the change of seasons. In the Moment also considers Mr. Ellison’s active involvement in displaying art in his Japanese- style home, shedding light on his appreciation for Japan’s art and culture.

'This exhibition offers a rare glimpse of an extraordinary collection,' said Jay Xu, director of the Asian Art Museum. 'We aim to present it in a fresh and original way that explores traditional Japanese principles governing the relationship of art to our surroundings and social relationships.'"

Exhibit 2: Cyrus Cylinder

This is a fantastic exhibit. The items on display are extremely rare from an archaeological standpoint and cover a range of artifacts relating to written language, gold art, and coins from the period 500 - 300 BCE.

"The Cyrus Cylinder is among the most revered objects to have survived from the ancient world. The Asian Art Museum is one of only five venues in the Cyrus Cylinder's historic U.S. tour. This is the first time the Cylinder has visited the United States.The Cylinder was inscribed in Babylonian cuneiform on the orders of the Persian king Cyrus the Great after he captured Babylon in 539 BCE. It records how Cyrus restored shrines and allowed displaced peoples to return home. Although they are not mentioned in the Cylinder, it is thought to be at this time that the Jews returned to Jerusalem to build the Second Temple, as recorded in the Bible. Because of these enlightened acts the Cylinder has come to be regarded as a special and innovative document. 

The Cylinder marks the foundation of the Persian Empire that reached its greatest size under Darius the Great (522–486 BCE) when it stretched from Egypt to India and from Arabia to the Aral Sea. This was the largest empire the world had seen up until that time, and to administer such a large area effectively it was necessary to introduce new practices and different ways of doing things. There were also technological advances during this time, as well as artistic and architectural developments. From many points of view the Persian period may be described as a new beginning for the region. The objects that accompany the Cylinder have been chosen to reflect this. The exhibition shows that the two centuries of Persian rule were a period of change and progress."

No Show Policy:

We remove members who do not show up or cancel less than one day in advance (12 PM) two times. If you wish to add less than one day before, please call or text as the RSVP list will be closed.


Stephen Yeh / Lebeauviolet

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to meeting all at noon..will need one ticket.

    August 28, 2013

  • Fergus S.

    I saw these this weekend, and both were excellent. The "In the Moment" exhibition of Larry's goodies was terrific.

    Be warned that the Cyrus Cylinder was a bit of a zoo -- people posing for photos beside it as though they were meeting Mickey or Minnie in Disneyland...

    August 26, 2013

  • Galina

    I love Japanese art and the Asian art museum we have is really a treasure. I live Indian art as well I hope to get a chance to look over it again too. And of course those free tickets are very enticing! Could you please save two for us? :)

    August 11, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      It goes by order of RSVP.

      August 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi - I am a first timer to attend this meetup - where do we meet at the museum?

    August 10, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Outside front entrance on the steps until event starts, then we will be in cafe.

      August 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm also a first timer in the meetup; looking forward to it.

    August 10, 2013

  • Zenith


    August 10, 2013

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