Medieval and Early Modern History Gallery
Asian Religious Icons through Western Eyes
Europeans first came to Asia in the 16th century for missionary work, trade, or colonial pursuits. They traveled to India, China, and other parts of Asia, leaving behind travel accounts and reports of missionary activity, some of which offer details of the writers' first impressions of Asia. While these records shed light on what was unknown and unfamiliar, they also reveal the Europeans' long-held view and prejudices. This exhibition shows how Asian religious icons were seen through Western eyes and offer an interpretation of their implications.