SOAS University of London

Centre of South East Asian Studies

The Southeast Asian collections at the V&A

IMG - 20141105 - John Clarke Seminar
Dr John Clarke (Curator of the Himalayan and Southeast Asian Collections at the V&A Museum)

Date: 25 November 2014Time: 5:15 PM

Finishes: 25 November 2014Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: B102

Type of Event: Seminar


This presentation will give an overview of the Southeast Asian collections at the V&A Museum starting with a history of the collection. The foundation of the museum’s holdings lie in the collections of the East India Company museum which came to the V&A in 1879. Important additions were made as the result of international exhibitions held in Paris and London from the mid 19th century onwards. Regional object groupings and their highlight objects from Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia and Indonesia are then reviewed.

Speaker Biography

John Clarke specialises in the arts of Tibet, Nepal and of South East Asia, in particular of Burma and Thailand. He  obtained a PhD in 1995 at SOAS on the subject of traditional metalworking in Tibet and has published widely on that subject and on other aspects of  Tibetan art and culture. He was the Lead Curator for the Robert H.N.Ho Family Foundation Buddhist Sculpture Gallery that opened at the V&A in April 2009 and organised a symposium on Buddhist Sculpture at the V&A in 2010.

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