By Maxwell K. Hearn
The Erickson assortment comprises works of exceptional caliber that diversity via diversified media and around the complete span of old China, from the Neolithic to the Tang interval. Ernest Erickson, via his assortment, has created an essential memorial that fills in gaps within the Museums latest holdings. we're venerated and privileged to assist current this excellent present, venerated via this catalogue.
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Ancient Chinese Art: The Ernest Erickson Collection in the Metropolitan Museum of Art by Maxwell K. Hearn