Object of the month

Empress’s festive headdress (dianzi), China, Guangxu reign period (1875-1908), from Chinese Robes from the Forbidden City, shown at the V&A in 2010. Courtesy of Palace Museum, Beijing

Object of the Month – February 2022

This month marks the New Chinese Year – and 2022 is the year of the tiger. To mark the event...
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Goa Stone and gold case with gold filigree and repoussé, with cast legs and finial, probably made in Goa, late 17th/early 18th century, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York


A particularly beautiful object from the Portuguese period in India is a Goa Stone and gold case with gold filigree and...
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Yokohama Print: North America (Kita Amerika shu) by Utagawa Yoshitora, 1866. Gift of Emily Crane Chadbourne, Art Institute of Chicago

Object of the Month – November 2021

This Yokohama print emerged from the specific historical events initiated when a fleet commandeered by US Commodore Matthew C Perry...
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Indonesian shadow puppet of the character Trigangga, son of Hanuman the white monkey from the Ramayana, Cirebon, western Java, late 1700s or early 1800s, hide, horn, fibre, pigment, gold leaf © Trustees of the British Museum

Object of the Month October 2021

Shadow Puppet from Indonesia As part of the exhibition Sir Stamford Raffles: Collecting in Southeast Asia 1811-1824 (19 September 2019...
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Qing dynasty (1644-1912) snuff bottle, Cinnabar lacquer, glass. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Augustus L. Searle, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Object of the Month September 2021

Object of the Month September 2021

September 2021 Chinese Snuff Bottle This Chinese snuff bottle was on show at the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia) from...
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calligraphic standard from India

August 2021

Calligraphic Standard from India This calligraphic standard from India was seen in the exhibition Power and Protection, Islamic Art and...
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July 2021

Lacquer Offering Stand from Okinawa This lacquer offering stand from Okinawa comes from the Ruyuku Kingdom (1429–1879), which controlled an...
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June 2021

Chinese Vase with ‘peach bloom’ glaze   This elegant Chinese vase with ‘peach bloom’ glaze comes from the exhibition held...
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May 2021

May 2021 The kendi, an Indonesian-Malay term derived from the Sanskrit kundika, a water-pouring vessel with a distinctive mammiform spout...
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APRIL 2021

Writing Box, Mughal India This writing box was exhibited in the exhibition Goa and The Great Mughal, shown at Calouste...
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MARCH 2021

The Prophet Muhammad Meets the Angels In 2018, The David Collection organised The Human Figure in Islamic Art: Holy Men...
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Korean Embroidered Wedding Fan

February 2021

Korean Embroidered Wedding Fan This Korean fan was featured in the exhibition Gold Needles: Embroidery Arts from Korea at the...
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