The major new wing of the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) in Salem Massachusetts, opened in September 2019. The first floor of the extension, is now dedicated to the museum’s world renowned Asian Export art collection. Many luxuries made in Asia such as porcelain, textiles, and lacquer were superior to anything the rest of the world could produce and were greatly sought after. East India Merchants from across the globe went to great lengths to export and trade these luxury commodities. Most of the roughly 200 works on display date between the late 1500s and the mid-1800s.
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