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The Global Arts, Cultures and Design collections and department are organised into four sections:

For enquiries relating to our Asia & Mediterranean, Africa, Americas, Oceania sections, please contact Iona Diver on or 0131 247 4230.

For enquiries relating to our European Decorative Arts & Modern and Contemporary Design sections, please contact Clare Hyatt on or 0131 247 4019.

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Our collections from Asia represent its cultural diversity. More than 50,000 items from across the continent allow an insight into artistic exchange, trade relations, imperial histories and religious beliefs.

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European Decorative Arts

The European Decorative Arts section encompasses gold and silver, sculpture, ceramics, glass, enamels, arms and armour, dress, tapestries, textiles and furniture made in Britain and Continental Europe between 1200 and 1850.

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Mediterranean, Africa, Americas, Oceania

Our Mediterranean, Africa, Americas and Oceania collections consist of over 35,000 objects ranging from the archaeological to the contemporary, including textiles, pottery, jewellery, sculpture, coffins, musical instruments, tools, weapons, basketry, and contemporary art.

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Modern and Contemporary Design

Our Modern & Contemporary Design collections comprise over 35,000 objects dating from c.1850 to the present, including ceramics, jewellery, glass, metalwork, fashion and textiles, craft, contemporary furniture and product design.

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