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The Power of Illustration: Southeast Asian Manuscripts at the British Library

The manuscript has long had a special place in the diverse cultures of Southeast Asia. The British Library’s collection includes a whole range of manuscripts from the region, including examples from Burma, Thailand, Cambodia, Lao, Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia. In … Continue reading

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A Soldier’s Tale: Time Heals All Wounds?

A Forgotten War Upon entering ‘A Soldier’s Tale’ at Asia House, an exhibition documenting the experience of British soldiers who fought in the Korean War, you are greeted by Jiho Won’s towering ‘Construction for Deconstruction’. The sculpture is reminiscent of … Continue reading

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Out and About … London’s Peace Pagoda

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Out and About … beautiful day at the University of Cambridge

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Samurai Ceramics: Japanese Nabeshima Wares at the Oriental Ceramic Society

Last Tuesday members of the Oriental Ceramic Society gathered at the Royal Academy in London for the Annual General Meeting. Founded in 1921, members of the society represent some of the cream of the Asian art world and include collectors, … Continue reading

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Painting for the Emperor: Giuseppe Castiglione

Mention the name Giuseppe Castiglione in the artist’s native Italy and you’ll be met with blank looks, yet Castiglione is one of the most famous painters in the world. Born in 1688 into a Milanese family, Castiglione was a Jesuit … Continue reading

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V&A Object of the Week … the Laughing Child

‘The Virgin and Laughing Child’ is one of my favourite Renaissance pieces at the V&A. It was made in 15th century Italy, possibly as a maquette for a larger statue or as a stand-alone devotional statue for a house. The … Continue reading

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