South & South-East Asia collections: staff & areas of expertise
The collections from South and South-East Asia comprise nearly 60,000 objects, including about 10,000 textiles and 6000 paintings. The range of the collection is immense.
The greatest strengths of the collection are in Mughal miniature paintings and decorative arts, especially jades and rock crystal; Indian textiles, including those made for the European and South-East Asian markets; Indian sculpture, especially bronzes; Indian furniture for the Western market; paintings from the Punjab Hill courts; 19th century photographs of India and Burmese decorative arts. Other substantial holdings include jewellery, ceramics, glass, lacquerware, basketry and woodwork from throughout South and South-East Asia and the Himalayas, Tibetan 'tangkas', and Indian film posters and ephemera. The collection of contemporary art from India and Pakistan includes significant works by several major artists.
First point of contact for general enquiries (SSEA/ME)
South Asian jewellery, architecture, architectural models, sculpture, ancient and medieval gardens
Sau Fong Chan
South & South-East Asia: General enquiries
Himalayan architecture, sculpture, painting and decorative art; Burmese and Thai painting, sculpture and decorative art
South & South East Asian textiles and dress; Middle Eastern carpets, textiles and dress; South Asian Painting (Rajasthan, Pahari)
South Asian photography 1840-present, painting and posters 1850-present, contemporary art, design & popular culture
South Asia: Mughal art of the book, decorative arts and architecture; 19th century decorative arts; painting and decorative arts of the Sikh kingdoms
South & South East Asia: General Enquiries