The six hundred objects in this collection represent a wide geographic span -- from Afghanistan to Turkey (and including Iran, Uzbekistan and Iraq) -- and date from approximately 2000 BCW to today. Artworks include a range of media such as ceramic vessels, tiles, metalwork, jades, and calligraphies. The strength of the museum's West Asian collection lies in ancient Persian ceramics and metalwork, as well as in Persian ceramics from the eleventh through the fourteenth centuries.
Artifacts of the Persian World and West Asia are among the objects featured in the Asian Art Museum’s expansive collection, with a wide range of handworks from Iran and surrounding countries, dating back thousands of years. Objects on view include functional domestic objects, small sculptures, tiles, coins, jewelry and, among other items, a 14th-century Quran manuscript.