The first item on record is a bronze Buddha head from Chiengsen period (1400-1550 AD), Thailand, given to the museum by Kun Krassri Nimanamhasminda in 1954
Museum of Asian Art also known as "Muzium Seni Asia" is a small museum that located within the Universiti Malaya's (Malaya University) compound just beside the faculty of Economics & Administration. The museum features various artifacts and collections from all over Asian continent.
University of Malaya's Museum of Asian Art is an outstanding education-oriented museum. It aims to promote Asian art among multicultural Malaysians. The Museum holds nearly 7,000 treasures, representing cultures from throughout Asia, and spanning 4,000 years of Asian history. Featuring 1,500 squares feet of gallery space, the museum showcases the unique material aesthetic, and intellectual achievements of Asian art and culture, including Chinese pottery Hindu statuary, textiles from the Malay archipelago, and sacred masks of Orang Asli communities.
The collection of the Museum of Asian Art has a long history, having been built up over a period of almost 50 years. The first item on record is a bronze Buddha head from Chiengsen period (1400-1550 AD), Thailand, given to the museum by Kun Krassri Nimanamhasminda in 1954. The museum is renowned for its largest collection of kendi (water vessels) in the world. There are also galleries holding stone carvings, Islamic art collections, weaved materials, copperware, weapons, kites, and paintings by local artists.