Collection Spotlight: Royal Society for Asian Affairs

Explore the world's largest continent through the Royal Society for Asian Affairs, Bridgeman's most recently partnered collection which focuses on Asian art, culture, and history with an emphasis on Central Asia.

 

Field Telegraph Office, c.1914-1918 (b/w photo), Unknown photographer (20th century) / Royal Society for Asian Affairs, London, UK

 

Established in 1901, this 116-year old society has made it its life purpose to spread knowledge and understanding of Asian art, culture and history throughout the United Kingdom and the world. Originally called the Central Asian Society, which focused on countries such as Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan, the RSAA has now expanded to include all of Asia, from the Middle East to Japan. The society provides activities, lectures and even a triannual journal called Asian Affairs to provide easy access to those hoping to gain a greater understanding of, not only ancient Asia, but also current events going on throughout the continent today.

 

Bathing in the Ganges before going to worship at the Kali Temple. Aug 1918 (b/w photo), Branchflower / Royal Society for Asian Affairs, London, UK

 

Untitled, c.1912 (sepia photo), T. H. Bell, (fl.1920) / Royal Society for Asian Affairs, London, UK

 

The RSAA collection includes unique and varied images that span from the mid-19th century to the present day. It includes maps, images, personal papers and an extensive photographic collection. Many of the photographs date back to the late 19th century and span all the way to modern times.

 

Untitled, c.1900-1920 (sepia photo), Unknown photographer (20th century) / Royal Society for Asian Affairs, London, UK

 

Discover more collections that focus on Asian art, culture, and history within the Bridgeman archives:

 

Freer & Sackler Galleries, Smithsonian Institution, USA

New Year Custom: Makeup on the New Year Morning, Edo period, c.1806-11 (ink & colour on silk), Katsushika  Hokusai (1760-1849) / Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, USA / Gift of Charles Lang Freer

 

Thunder God, Edo Period, 1847 (ink & colour on paper), Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) / Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, USA / Gift of Charles Lang Freer

 

 

Royal Asiatic Society

Oodang Katik la-ote, from 'Drawings of Animals, Insects and Reptiles from Malacca', c.1805-18 (w/c and gouache on paper), Chinese School, (19th century) / Royal Asiatic Society, London, UK

 

Bahram Gur Hunting With Azada, illustration from the 'Shahnama' (Book of Kings), by Abu'l-Qasim Manur Firdawsi (c.934-c.1020) c.1440-45 (pen, ink & w/c on vellum), Persian School, (15th century) / Royal Asiatic Society, London, UK

 

 

Palestine Exploration Fund
 
Haifa with Carmel Ridge behind (w/c & pencil on paper), Claude Conder, (1848-1910) / Palestine Exploration Fund, London, UK

 

Group of Arab women from Bethlehem drinking coffee, c.1880-1900 (photochrom), Swiss Photographer, (19th century) / Palestine Exploration Fund, London, UK

 

 

SOAS: School of Oriental and African Studies

The Turner, Ottoman period, third quarter of 18th century (w/c on paper), French School, (18th century) / School of Oriental and African Studies Library, University of London

 

One of a series of paintings of birds and fruit, late 19th century (w/c on paper), Wang Guochen (19th century) / School of Oriental and African Studies Library, University of London

 

 

 

Gahoe Museum, South Korea

 

 

Seolwiseolgyeong (natural pigments on paper), Korean School / Gahoe Museum, Jongno-gu, South Korea
Daesin manura (natural pigment on silk), Korean School / Gahoe Museum, Jongno-gu, South Korea

 

 

Indianapolis Museum of Art

 

Fujisawa Station (colour woodblock), Ando or Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858) (after) / Indianapolis Museum of Art, USA / Gift of Judson D. Metzger

 

Historical Episode (colored woodblock), Japanese School / Indianapolis Museum of Art, USA / Gift of Mrs Keith M. Seymour

 

 

Ashmolean Museum of Art

 

Scenes from the Ramayana epic, Indian, c.1900 (mixed media on wood) (detail), Indian School, (20th century) / Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford, UK

 

Krishna discards his garland; an illustration to the Sat Sai of Bihari Lal, 19th century (gouache on paper), Indian School, (19th century) / Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford, UK

 

 

Oriental Museum, Durham University

 

1973-22c Shin Bijin (True Beauties) depicting a woman holding a goldfish bowl, from a series of 36, modelled on an earlier series bu Utamaro (1753-1806) 19th century (woodblock), Chikanobu, Toyohara (1838-1912) / Oriental Museum, Durham University, UK

 

Tile depicting a Horseman Feeding a Phoenix (polychrome kubacha ware), Iranian School (17th century) / Oriental Museum, Durham University, UK

 

 

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