The ancient Near East was the cradle of western civilization, centered between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers. These cultures can be traced back 10,000 years.
The Logan Museum has a diverse assortment of ancient Near Eastern art including Babylonian cuneiform tablets, and items from Bronze Age Iran and Early Christian Syria.
The 1928 Central Asiatic Expedition was centered in the Gobi Desert. Excavations by the Logan Museum yielded stone artifacts from the paleolithic peoples of Mongolia. The variety of stones evident in the waste flakes suggests a glacial deposit.
The Logan Museum has an extensive collection of stone tools from the expedition.
Tibet is one of the five "Autonomous Regions" of western China. Its people are primarily Bhuddist.
The Logan Museum has a variety of objects from Tibet, consisting mostly of religious objects and musical instruments.
The Tungus are a nomadic people who inhabit the eastern reaches of Siberia.
The Logan Museum has a small collection of ethnographic materials from the Tungus, mostly clothing of beaded leather.
China is the most populous country in the world, embracing a diverse collection of cultures.
The Logan Museum's Chinese ethnographic collections include religious objects and an assortment of temple weapons. The Wright Museum has an extensive collection of Chinese Imperial textiles.
The Japanese have a long and distinguished cultural history, steeped in tradition and social class distinctions. In the northernmost islands, the Ainu, the aboriginal people, exhibit very different Caucasoid physical characteristics and present an interesting contrast to the modern inhabitants.
The Logan Museum has a number of objects from Japan, including an important 17th-century offering sword and a variety of ethnographic materials from the Ainu people.
India is one of the most populous nations in the world. As such, it is culturally diverse.
The Logan Museum's collection of Indian artifacts is largely limited to ceramics and weaponry.
Pakistan represents the western arm of an Islamic state for Indian Muslims, formed after the partition of British India in 1947.
The Logan Museum has a number of ethnographic materials from Pakistan, primarily clothing.
The Indonesian islands extend from Singapore on the Southeast Asian mainland to the island of New Guinea.
The Logan Museum has a diverse collection of Indonesian ethnographic materials, mostly acquired with the Harley H. and Hazel Bartlett Collection.
Myanmar, formerly Burma, is situated between India and Thailand. Its people are primarily Bhuddist.
The Logan Museum has several ethnographic materials from Myanmar, primarily religious objects.