The wisdom of the East, Far Eastern philosophy, and art of the East Asia particularly spoke to the artist. His collection contained 46 objects of Asian origin, including a small group of Chinese and Japanese woodcuts. The most important object for him was the 19th-century scroll painting in India ink on paper with the written character shou (for long life), which he received in 1941 as a gift from Dr. Kurt Herberts.
During the war aumeister also began to explore Zen Buddhism, which greatly influenced his notion of the Unknown. The rubbings of gravestones from the Han period (206 BCE to 220) fascinated him so much that he also called a few of the pictures he produced the year he died, 1955, Han-i out of sympathy for the Han epoch.