Asian and Middle Eastern Art Resources

East Asian Art

Chinese philosophy and religion

National Central Library of Taiwan is an important resource for academic research in Taiwan and abroad. This database offers access to open access material including, Chinese philosophy and religion with 790 full text title.

Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History - East Asia

The Metropolitan Museum of Art developed this timeline reference tool of art history including a very helpful section on the art of East Asia.

Song and Yuan Dynasty Painting and Calligraphy

The Freer Gallery of Art possesses an important collection of Chinese with its holdings from the Song and Yuan dynasties (10th–14th centuries) being particularly significant. This online database includes an extraordinary group of eighty-two paintings and three works of calligraphy. More than ninety other examples of Song and Yuan calligraphy are featured in frontispieces, inscriptions, or colophons of the paintings.

Ancient Chinese Jade

Freer and Sackler collections of ancient Chinese jades which combines museum and archaeological research with archival records and documentary images to stimulate new study. This first volume, chiefly dedicated to Neolithic pieces, will be followed by volumes featuring works produced during the Bronze Age.

Center for Korean Studies

Links to a useful bibliography on Korean History compiled by Kenneth Robinson that includes an extensive section on the arts of Korea.

The International Dunhuang Project (IDP): the Silk Road Online

IDP is a ground-breaking international collaboration to make information and images of all manuscripts, paintings, textiles and artefacts from Dunhuang and archaeological sites of the Eastern Silk Road freely available on the Internet and to encourage their use through educational and research programs.

Zasshi Kiji Sakuin Shusei Detabesu

This is a database index of 1.5 million Japanese journal articles published since 1868 to present. Also includes local periodicals in addition to standard commercial periodicals

South and Southeast Asian Art


Indira Gandi National Center for the Arts (IGNCA) – Digital Library. Important source for information on South Asian art; includes links to image collections, music and performance recordings, online books, papers, research reports and bibliographies.

Digital South Asia Library

Sponsored by the University of Chicago and the Center for Research Libraries. This is a collection of reference resources, images, maps, statistics, bibliographies, books, journals related to the study of South Asian history and culture. It also includes a link to South Asia Resource Access on the Internet (SARAL)

Southeast Asia Digital Library

Created by librarians from the Committee on Research Materials on Southeast Asia (CORMOSEA). Provides access to archives of textural, image, sound and video resources, both historical and current, related to Southeast Asia. Resources are grouped by country.

Website on the ancient Indus or Harappan Civilization (3500-1700 BCE). Scholars from India, Pakistan, England, Europe and the United States publish their work on the site, including articles, slideshows and essays covering both basic facts and the latest research.

Islamic and Ancient Near Eastern Art

Digital Library of the Middle East

Information on the cultures of the Middle East and North Africa. Free and open access to data from collections around the world.

Discover Islamic Art

The Museum With No Frontiers' (MWNF) database of Images of over 1200 Islamic art works held in international collections with details for each piece.


Database focused on architecture, urbanism, environmental and landscape design, visual culture, and conservation issues related to the Muslim world. It is one of the largest open, online architectural libraries with a focus on Muslim cultures.

MidEast and Islamic Resources (AMIR)

This is a blog documenting open access projects, databases and material relating to the study of the Middle East including art, architecture and archaeology.

Princeton Digital Library of Islamic Manuscripts

The Princeton University Digital Library has 9,500 Islamic manuscripts. The manuscripts are chiefly in Arabic but include some in Persian, Ottoman Turkish, and other languages of the Islamic world. They date from the early centuries of Islam through the fall of the Ottoman Empire.

Islamic Printed Page

The Islamic Painted Page database contains references for Persian, Ottoman, Arab and Mughal paintings. You can use this database to locate printed reproductions, commentaries and web links for thousands of Islamic paintings and book bindings from over 230 international collections.

Wellcome Arabic Manuscripts Online

The Arabic manuscripts collection of the Wellcome Library (London). Includes around 1000 manuscript books and fragments relating to the history of medicine. These manuscripts are part of the Wellcome Library's Asian Collection, which comprises some 12,000 manuscripts and 4,000 printed books. The Islamic collections include Arabic and Persian manuscripts and printed books as well as a small collection of Ottoman manuscripts and books in Turkish.

Archive of Mesopotamian Archaeological Reports (AMAR)

A Stony Brook University collection of site reports describing archaeological excavations both in Iraq and surrounding areas (Turkey, Syria, Iran and the Gulf).