SOAS University of London

Richard Blurton

Richard Blurton

Dept. of Oriental Antiquities, The British Museum
Great Russell St. London WC1B 3DG
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Richard Blurton is an Assistant Keeper in the Department of Oriental Antiquities in the British Museum , which he joined in 1986. His background is in archaeology (M. Phil Cambridge) and, before joining the Museum, he worked on excavations and research projects in Afghanistan and in southern India. At the Museum, where he is responsible for collections from South India and Southeast Asia, as well as Tibet, he has curated exhibitions and permanent galleries concerned with these regions. Amongst his publications are Hindu Art (1992), Visions from the Golden Land: Burma and the Art of Lacquer (co-authored; 2000), and Burma: Art and Archaeology (co-edited; 2002).

His interests in northeastern India are material culture, especially in the religious domain, including block-printing, prayer flag use and the production of moulded clay offerings. In the project, he will collect contemporary material from Arunachal Pradesh for The British Museum (with additional financial support from The British Museum Friends) and study documents, photographs and collections which reflect the long period of contact between the northeast and the UK. He is now working on a bibliography of resources for research on Arunachal.

R. Blurton, On The Borders Of Tibet, British Museum Magazine, No.45, Sunner 2003 (PDF)