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The Museum is also home to an exclusive collection of traditional Asian art, including Qing and Ming Dynasty porcelains and jades, Japanese woodblock prints from the Edo period, a 19th-century Indian miniature, several Arabic illustrated manuscripts, and several works by contemporary Chinese artists, such as Zhang Dali and Hong Lei.
There is also a significant collection of Russian art, including modern and contemporary paintings, sculptures, and works on paper with a focus on post-Soviet works by Russian émigrés. Most of the collection features works by artists from the Brezhnev era into the post-Soviet period, such as including Melamid and Komar.
One of the Nasher Museum's most significant collections is that of the Medieval and Renaissance works. Described as the "best university medieval collection in America" (Charles Little, Metropolitan Museum of Art), the collection numbers more than 300 medieval works from across Europe, dating back to the 9th Century, with a distinct focus on the Romanesque and Gothic periods. The collection includes illuminated manuscript pages, stained glass, stone, bronze, wood, and ivory sculptures, textiles, leather and a full illuminated book of hours.
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