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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.

Staff list:

Dominica Blenkinsopp

Office Manager
First point of contact for general enquiries (SSEA/ME)

Anita Nathwani

Assistant Curator
South and South East-Asia:  General Enquiries

Nick Barnard

Curator
South Asian sculpture, jewellery, Jain art (painting, manuscripts and sculpture), architecture, architectural models, ancient and medieval gardens.

John Clarke

Curator
Himalayan architecture, sculpture, painting and decorative art; Burmese and Thai painting, sculpture and decorative art

Rosemary Crill

Senior Curator
South Asian textiles and dress; Rajasthani and Pahari painting

Sau Fong Chan

Curator
South-East Asian textiles and dress

Divia Patel

Curator
South Asian photography 1840-present, painting and posters 1850-present, contemporary art, design & popular culture

Emma Rogers

Assistant Curator
South and South East-Asia: General Enquiries

Susan Stronge

Senior Curator
Mughal painting and decorative arts;19th century decorative arts; painting and decorative arts of the Sikh kingdoms; Tipu Sultan

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