The museum’s holdings of Chinese, Japanese and Korean material include pieces of national and international importance. They include ceramics, glass, lacquer, clothing and textiles, ivories, furniture, jade, bronzes, prints and painting, arms and armour.
Holding more than 17,000 items, our collections from West, South and Southeast Asia give an insight into the past and the present lives of people in a geographical area that spans from Turkey to the Philippines and Kazakhstan to Yemen and Malaysia.
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Responsible for: Supporting the curators responsible for East Asia, with an emphasis on the Korean collections.
Research Interests: The history and practices of collecting, Asian ceramics, and the material cultures of Korea – especially that of the Goryeo Dynasty, the Joseon Dynasty and the 20th and 21st centuries.
Responsible for: The Japanese and Ainu collections.
Research interests: Edo-period art and culture, ukiyo-e, Kitagawa Utamaro, the work of female artists, the history of collecting and collections, and issues relating to gender and sexuality.
Responsible for: Managing the Chinese collections, including those of the Himalayan and Mongolian regions, and the Korean peninsula.
Research interests: Chinese material culture, in particular weapons of the Shang and Zhou dynasties and numismatics, as well as the history of collecting.
Responsible for: Working with the collections from West, South and Southeast Asia, with special responsibility for the development and interpretation of the Southeast Asian holdings.
Research interests: Southeast Asia; textiles; Buddhist material culture; photography; collecting histories.
Responsibility: Head of the Asia Section. Curation and development of the collections from West, South and Southeast Asia.
Research interests: Collecting histories and practices, West and South Asian arts and crafts, Iranian material culture, Scottish Orientalism.