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Facing East: Portraits from Asia

July 1, 2006 – September 4, 2006

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
1050 Independence Ave., SW
Washington, DC

Location: Pavilion; Sublevel 1

Through some 70 masterpieces, this exhibition explores how portraits expressed cultural identities in Asia and the ancient Near East throughout millennia. Paintings and sculptures of Egyptian pharaohs, Chinese empresses, Japanese actors, Indian rajas, and other examples reveal how the identities, importance, and power of historical subjects were diversely constructed, understood, and represented.