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Salma Tuqan, Curator Contemporary art from the Middle East Staff and areas of expertise: Nick Barnard, Curator South Asian jewellery, architecture, architectural models, sculpture, ancient and medieval gardens.

Dominica Blenkinsopp, Office Manager First point of contact for general enquiries Sau Fong Chan, Curator (Collections Management)Chinese, and South-East Asian textiles and dress John Clarke, Curator Himalayan architecture, sculpture, painting and decorative art, Burmese and Thai painting, sculpture and decorative art.

There is considerable consultation with other institutions in London and throughout the UK, as we continue to build our collections with a national framework in mind.

The media represented include prints, photographs and paintings in oils, watercolours and ink on paper and cloth, monumental sculpture and smaller carvings in stone, metal, wood, ivory, jade and other hardstones, metalwork, including jewellery and arms and armour, dress, textiles and carpets, ceramics and glass, and furniture and lacquer.

The Department is divided into three sections: Middle Eastern, South and South-East Asian, and East Asian.

Hongxing Zhang, Senior Curator Chinese painting and graphic art, 20th century and contemporary China Appointments to see objects in store should be addressed as follows: General Asian Department e-mail: [email protected] East Asia: Tel. 44 (0)20 7942 2252 Middle East and South and South-East Asia: Tel. 44(0)20 7942 2335 The Asian Department was created in 2001 by bringing together the Indian and South-East Asian and East Asian collections with the Museum’s holdings of material from the Middle East, giving the Museum a coherent strategy for all its Asian collections for the first time in its history.

The scope of these collections is extremely broad chronologically, geographically and in terms of media.

The V&A’s distinctive strengths also include furniture (ca. The Museum has smaller collections of 20th-century and contemporary material, with works by 20th - and 21st-century artists, (both artists based in the Indian subcontinent and artists of South Asian origin working in the UK) and a significant holding of 20th-century and contemporary Indian film posters – a genre which is important to an understanding of the modern and contemporary visual world of South Asia. 60,000 objects from South Asia already cited, the collection of 19th-century (predominantly architectural site) photographs of South Asia, (ca.

20,000 prints and a large collection of negatives) along with photographic documentation of items of Indian art elsewhere in the V&A, is now recognized to be of high value.The South and South-East Asian collections originated in the Museum of the East India Company.In the second half of the 19th century the ‘India Museum’ was transferred to the newly established India Office and its broadly based historical collections were developed with a particular focus on arts, manufactures, and economic products, largely through acquisitions from international exhibitions.Staff and areas of expertise: Benjamin Hinson, Assistant Curator General Enquiries Moya Carey, Curator The Iranian world, illustrated manuscripts, scientific instruments, metalwork Mariam Rosser Owen, Curator The Arab world, ivory, stucco and stone, ceramics, glass.Tim Stanley, Senior Curator The Turkish world, Qurans and unillustrated manuscripts, lacquer, arms and armour, furniture and woodwork.The collections of the Asian Department are very broad in terms of chronology, geography and media.

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