Saint Louis University

(Currently under renovations - will reopen Summer '12)


The fourth floor galleries of the Saint Louis University Museum of Art honor the passionate interest in the cultural legacy of Asia sustained by John and Ann MacLennan for more than sixty years. Hundreds of jade and ivory artifacts illustrate the artistic traditions particularly of Japan and China.

Jade dragon boats and impressive shrines of ivory are shown along with the most extensive collection of Japanese netsuke found in the Middle West. The MacLennan's collection is supplemented by artifacts received from other university benefactors. Mrs. Paul Fletcher's gift of Japanese wood block prints includes famous images of Mount Fuji by Katsushika Hokusai. On display as well are 14th century Thai sawankhalok ware figures given by Morton D. May. These figures illustrate an early type of ceramic glazing in the celadon color made most famous in the ceramic art of Korea.

Elements of Treasured Jade have been placed on extended loan. This impressive collection also features ancient bronze and beautiful ceramics altogether reflecting a continuous historic and artistic tradition of more than 3,500 years.