East and Far East


Even if the museum has mostly European art, Gian Giacomo Poldi Pezzoli was influenced by the 19th century passion for Oriental art, and he bought some Eastern artworks. Later, in the 20th century, important donations enriched the collection.

The Middle-East art is represented by textiles and metals: Islamic metals (vases, jugs and basins) of the mameluke period from Egypt and Syria; twelve carpets from Persia, Egypt and Anatolia, like the famous "Hunting" carpet dated 1542-43, and a collection of one hundred and thirty coptic textiles (Egypt, 4th-11th century).

Very interesting also the one hundred Chinese and Japanese porcelains (vases, statuettes) and the recent donation by Giacinto Ubaldo Lanfranchi of a collection of  Netsuke, Japanese miniature sculptures from the 17th to the 19th century.