The region of South East Asia includes Cambodia, Laos, Burma, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philipines. The V&A's South East Asian collection includes gold, silver, bronze, stone, terracotta, ivory and textiles.
Room 47a: South East Asian & Himalayan Art
This room displays a combination of South East Asian and Himalayan art. Some of the finest items in the Himalayan collection include important early Nepalese bronze sculptures, repousse work and embroidery. Art from Thailand, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia and Sri Lanka in gold, silver, bronze, stone, terracotta and ivory represents the rich and complex culture of the South East Asian region in a display spanning the 6th to 19th centuries.
Gold Choker & Earrings, by Niphon Yodkranpan, 2003
These outstanding examples of modern Thai goldwork were created by two senior master craftsmen and tutors at the Royal College of Goldsmiths in Bangkok. The jewellery is based on a 15th century find that was recovered in 1957 from Wat Rachaburana, a temple within the ruined city of Ayuttaya.
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