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Southeast Asia

The Southeast Asian collection embraces the art of Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, Burma, Laos, Indonesia and the Philippines, focusing on stone and metal religious sculpture and ceramics as well as textiles, which play an integral role in social relationships and ceremonies.

Aesthetic traditions and cultural values vary across Southeast Asia. Some arts reflect influences from Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam, while the indigenous societies of the region have their own diverse traditions, which have interacted with each other and been influenced by the great civilisations of India and China. The high points of some of these cultures such as the Dong Son bronze age culture of Vietnam, the Angkorian period of Cambodia, the Srivijaya period of Indonesia and the Sukhothai period of Thailand are represented in our collection with fine examples of artistic achievement.