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Our own Keith Wilson joined +The Splendid Table to share how wine was enjoyed in China some 3,000 years ago.
Keith Wilson is the curator of the exhibit "Ancient Chinese Jades and Bronzes" at the Smithsonian's Freer Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. The exhibit includes a variety of Chinese wine vessels from the period between 1200 and 1000 B.C.E. that were used for ceremonial banquets. "We think that the different shapes probably reflect the ritualization of alcohol consumption," he says.
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"Summer." Dwight William Tryon, 1892.
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He's got the whole world on his robe. Vote for the Cosmic Buddha as the most seriously amazing object in the 2015 Smithsonian Summer Showdown! #SIShowdown
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"It's important that when something is in the news, people get a sense of its history," says museum director Julian Raby. "You've heard of Palmyra, but you may know nothing about it, so come and have a look at an object that allows you to reflect on current affairs." +BBC News 
A new exhibit aims to connect US audiences with antiquities under fire in Syria's civil war.
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Twenty years ago, the Freer debuted its very first Made in Hong Kong Film Festival. See what's in store for our 20th-anniversary celebration, kicking off tonight with "Dearest." ‪#‎HongKongFilmFest‬
Twenty years ago, the Freer debuted its very first Made in Hong Kong Film Festival, in collaboration with the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, a partnership that remains strong to this day. Over the years, this ever-popular annual festival has treated our audiences to the films of some of ...
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For all that cows have given us, I'm surprised more people didn't click the red button.
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From its neck to its feet, the #CosmicBuddha is covered with narrative scenes depicting moments from the life of the Historical Buddha as well as the "Realms of Existence," a symbolic map of the Buddhist world. Heaven is represented toward the top, the hells are at the bottom, and humans, animals, spirits, and demigods reside between the two. Vote for this amazing object in #SIshowdown!
Get an up-close look at the Smithsonian’s stunning Buddha
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+Washingtonian broke down how the Smithsonian 3D Digitization team digitized the ‪#‎CosmicBuddha‬. The intricate process involved a two-inch band of light, more than 300 2D photographs, and some 20 million dots of data. Vote for this amazing object in ‪#‎SIShowdown‬!
Illustration by Todd Detwiler. 1. The Freer Gallery approached the initiative’s staff about scanning the museum’s sixth-century Cosmic Buddha, a life-size statue covered in faint carvings depicting the afterlife and enlightenment. “It’s a really challenging object for visitors and...
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Happy #SistersDay! Any theories as to what these two "Sisters" (by James McNeill Whistler) are discussing?
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Both professors of English literature, Sylvan Barnet and William Burto shared a passion for Asian art—which they then shared with the Freer|Sackler. With their gift, the Freer’s collection of Japanese Buddhist sutras is now unmatched outside Japan.

See examples of what Barnet, Burto, and other generous donors have brought to the Galleries in "Art of the Gift," opening Saturday.
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Happy #WorldSnakeDay from this friendly turtle-riding serpent! This Chinese porcelain piece dates to somewhere between the mid-11th and early 12th century.
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Our 20th annual Made in Hong Kong Film Festival kicks off Friday! Join us for "Dearest," a gripping drama that earned two Hong Kong Film Critics’ Society Awards. ‪#‎HongKongFilmFest‬
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The Smithsonian's Museums of Asian Art

The Smithsonian Institution has two museums of Asian art: the Freer Gallery of Art, which opened to the public in 1923, and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, which welcomed its first visitors in 1987. Both are physically connected by an underground passageway and ideologically linked through the study, exhibition, and sheer love of Asian art. In addition, the Freer Gallery contains an important collection of nineteenth-century American art punctuated by James McNeill Whistler's Peacock Room.
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Acclaimed museum with over 25,000 pieces of art from around Asia plus some American masterpieces.- Google
"Great little American art museum very close to the White House."
"Excellent collections in beautiful setting."
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Jack Hutchings
5 months ago
An absolutely fantastic museum. The Peacock Room and, when we went, the remix of the room, Filthy Lucre, were more than enough to be worth the visit. Pair those with the expensive array of sculptures and bronze pieces and this makes one of my favorite museums in town.
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Madhumati Ramesh
2 months ago
The art is great but even the building itself is charming.
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Danial M.Hassan
4 months ago
Last time I was here was for the Nowruz ceremony that they had and I really enjoyed it.
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Panagiotis Boulougouras
a week ago
A very nice museum.
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Nikhil Salvi
4 months ago
Freer is truly a beautiful Asian art museum. I would rate it in my top 3 museums at the mall. Definitely worth stopping by
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j tang
2 months ago
Great place for art. Very diverse.
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Haroon Tanveer
9 months ago
There's alot of interesting art from different places as well as from different times of history. I didn't enjoy visiting here. Many more places to visit in DC besides this one.
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