- Type: Culture
NileGuide Expert Says:
Overseen by the influential Fundação Oriente, this relatively new museum is fast gaining international renown.
- Portugal's presence in Asia is the multi-faceted theme of this fascinating museum. The scope and depth of the exhibition is extraordinary and encompasses 500 years of history, from the 15th century to the modern era. The relationship between Portugal and the East is explored through a series of themed collections. Four magnificent Chinese folding silk screens dominate one gallery dedicated to the former colony of Macau. Paintings, sculpture and rare 16th-century Ming porcelain dazzle in their beauty and complexity and compete for the eye with graceful Japanese and Korean terracotta figurines. Elsewhere, furniture, textiles, jewellery and 18th-century manuscripts from Goa are displayed near colourful effigies of Indian deities. Search carefully for the fragile crucifixes encrusted with mother-of-pearl unearthed in the Holy Land and curios like the disturbing Nepalese exorcism doll. Run under the auspices of the Fundação Oriente, the museum also hosts temporary exhibitions, various workshops, artistic performances and conferences. © NileGuide2011
The Oriental Art Museum in Lisbon is one of the city's many gems, never failing to disappoint history aficionados, tourists and locals alike. Ever since its opening in 2008, the museum has played an important role in educating the public and throwing light on the wonders of Asian history. Be it murals, sculptures, paintings, photography, statuettes, pottery and busts of Asian origin, you will find it here. Portuguese influence on Asian culture is also represented in these galleries, as are traditions, cultures, religions and the ways of life spanning from the Far East to the Middle East. Visitors inclined to learn Asian cooking can attend workshops on the same, and also visit the charming museum shop and its restaurant serving delectable Asian cuisine.
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