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 eJournal and eBook Finder 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 and 118-129.
The reference collection is located separately on Level D between stacks 258 and 261. Classmarks range between FA and FZX.
Part of the collection is held in off-site storage.
For a full listing of classmarks and their location, please consult the location list web pages.
To request materials from storage please see off site storage web pages for details.
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
- 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.
Digital collection of the photographs is available at Geo-Spatial Digital Archive Project site.
- 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: firstname.lastname@example.org, Tel: 020-7898-4180
Department of the History of Art & Archaeology
The Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures.