Southeast Asia: A History in Objects (British Museum: A History in Objects) (Hardcover)

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Southeast Asia: A History in Objects (British Museum: A History in Objects) (Hardcover)

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A revealing volume on Southeast Asia’s complex histories, expertly told through art objects and cultural artifacts dating from 6,000 years ago to the present.


Created in collaboration with the British Museum, this richly illustrated volume displays the arts, histories, and cultures of Southeast Asia from about 6,000 years ago to the twenty-first century, covering modern-day Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, East Timor, Brunei, the Philippines, and Singapore. The incredible diversity of the region appears through the ancient sculptures of Java, Bagan, Angkor, and Sukhothai, paintings, ceramics, silver, ritual objects, basketry, textiles, and contemporary art.


Featuring the British Museum collection like the other volumes in this series, Southeast Asia: A History in Objects presents engaging texts and expertly curated artifacts. From the early emergence of agricultural communities to the rise of powerful empires and the religions of Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, and Christianity, and from the age of colonial rule to 20th-century nation-building, every object tells a story in this wide-ranging and accessible selection.


Exploring topics like the monuments of Angkor Wat and Borobudur, the spirits of the Philippines, funerary figures of the Toraja people, the narrative paintings of Bali, and the musical instruments and shadow puppets of Java and Thailand, this volume is an informative visual treat for curious minds, historians, and cultural adventurers everywhere.



Alexandra Green is the Henry Ginsburg Curator for Southeast Asia in the Department of Asia at the British Museum, London.
Product Details ISBN: 9780500480878
ISBN-10: 0500480877
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Publication Date: May 16th, 2023
Pages: 272
Language: English
Series: British Museum: A History in Objects
This book weaves together a mosaic that sketches the region’s historical highlights from ancient to contemporary times, primarily through selected artifacts at the British Museum… The high-quality color images and text weave a coherent narrative that stimulates the brain and excites the senses… Leaves the reader intrigued enough to explore further. Recommended for those interested in Southeast Asia.
— Booklist