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So the Smithsonian Just Did Something Incredible

So the Smithsonian Just Did Something Incredible

Shiva Nataraja; India, Chola dynasty, ca. 990; bronze

Shiva Nataraja; India, Chola dynasty, ca. 990; bronze

The Smithsonian's Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery have done something absolutely incredible. They have made available a collection of 40,000 digitized Asian and American artworks free for public use. The Smithsonian says its vast collection has mostly never been seen by the public.

The release is part of an extensive effort by the Smithsonian to make its resources available beyond its physical presence on Washington D.C.'s National Mall. The institution says the work resulted in more than 10 terabytes of data and 50,000 images.

We've hosted a small sampling of the impressive collection below for your viewing pleasure, and you check out the rest of the Smithsonian's stunning gallery at its website.

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