New University Digital Photographic Archive of Buddhist and Asian Art

Maitreya Bodhisattva, bronze sculpture, Pala period (8th – 12th century CE), located in the Sri Pratap Singh Museum, Srinagar, Kasmir, India. From the Huntington Archive.

On June 30, John C. and Susan L. Huntington donated digital materials from their photographic archive, The John C. and Susan L. Huntington Photographic Archive of Buddhist and Asian Art to the University of Chicago. John Huntington and Susan Huntington, both Professors Emeritus of Art History at Ohio State University, have dedicated over forty years of their lives towards studying and photographing South Asian art, with a focus on Buddhist art. The Archive includes digital photographs, videos, maps, and drawings by the Huntingtons from India, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Thailand, Indonesia, Myanmar (Burma), China, Korea, and Japan – in total nearing nearly 260,000 items, covering material dating from as early as 2500 B.C.E. The donations will include all material from projects funded by the Henry Luce Foundation between 2016-19 and the Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation from 2020-21. The new donation will enable researchers, scholars, and students to access a treasure trove of images and information from across South Asia, further enriching the University of Chicago’s extensive collection of South Asian materials.