24 May 2017
Beautifully illustrated, The Arts of Southeast Asia from the SOAS Collections highlights a variety of material relating to Southeast Asia drawn from the rich collections of SOAS University of London. With a wide chronological span, they are diverse in nature, comprising manuscripts (written on bark, palm leaves and paper), textiles, sculptures, metalwork and paintings, and reﬂect the variety of religions, cultures and languages to be found across this vast area.
The objects in the collection represented in the publication come from Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar (Burma), the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam, and range in date from circa 1000 BCE to the present day. Most are functional, being made for religious, ceremonial or practical purposes, and particular meanings adhere to their various shapes, gestures and motifs. In contrast to the renowned stone and brick temples of Angkor and Pagan, much of Southeast Asian art is made from perishable materials such as wood, leaves and cloth to which the hot and humid climate of the region is hostile.
Edited by Farouk Yahya (Leverhulme Research Assistant in Islamic Art and Culture at the Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford, and Postdoctoral Research Associate at SOAS), publication of the book has been proudly sponsored by the Southeast Asian Art Academic Programme at SOAS.
How to order
This book is ideal for both the general public and specialists seeking to further explore the arts, languages and cultures of this dynamic and fascinating region. You can order directly from Areca Books or from the SOAS bookshop, located in the Brunei Gallery Building.