About the Collection
The Library develops and maintains Art and Archaeological collections on books, journal, audio-visual, electronic and multimedia items on all aspects of Asian, African and the Middle Eastern art and archaeology.
What's in the collection?
- Books on Asian, African and the Middle Eastern art and archaeology in Western and Asian vernacular languages. (Classmark with letter code F)
- Extensive collection of journals in both print and electronic format. (Classmarks range between Per 100 and Per 109) Check the Library catalogue and A-to-Z Electronic Journals for more information.
- Sales catalogues of Asian and African art
- Sotheby's (from 1877 onwards)
- Christie's (1879-1959 and from 1974 onwards)
- Other visual materials including photographs, slides, colour prints, paper cuts and rubbings
The Art collection can be found on Level D between stacks 1 and 59. The reference collection is located separately on Level D between stacks 258 and 261. Classmarks range between FA and FZX.
For a full listing of classmarks and their location, please consult: http://www.soas.ac.uk/library/using/finding/location/a-e/#F
Slides, photographs and other visual material including (available for consultation upon request)
- Lorimer Collection: Slides mainly of Hunza in Kashmir and Iran produced by Lt.-Col. David Lockhart Robertson Lorimer (1876-1962) in the 1920 and 1930s.
- IVARI Research Project: Colour transparencies of the Braj area in India, produced by the International Association of the Varindaban Research Institute, 1976-1978.
- Photographic archive in the Chinese National Palace and Central Museums, Taiwan
- Parsons Collection: Photographic records of Buddhist painting and sculpture of Dunhuang, China, Produced by Desmond Parsons in 1935
- Hunt (EH Hunt) collection: photographic collection of Indian art, archaeological and anthropological interest, produced between 1917 and 1930.
- William-Hunt Collection: Aerial photographs, mainly covered Cambodia (Angkor Wat), Thailand and Burma acquired by Peter William Hunt (1919-1953) during and after World War II and organised by Dr. Elizabeth Moore.
- Japanese colour prints and sketch albums from the collections of Lord Harlech and Mr. Frederick Anderson.
- Chinese colour prints of New Year pictures, calendars, historical events. Mainly produced 19th and early 20th Centuries
Special collections are held in the Archives & Special Collections.
Relevant collections include:
- Photographic albums (Nagas of Northeast India, 1930s; Hunza in Kashmir and Iran, 1920s-1930s; Asian scenes, 1880s-1940s)
- Scrolls (procession of Korean ambassadors; Hoyuji Temple wall-paintings)
- Paintings (album of flower paintings presented by Emperor Pu Yi to Dr. Reginald Johnston)
To consult above, please contact: email@example.com , Tel: 020-7898-4180
Department of the History of Art & Archaeology
The Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures.