Thursday, January 30, 2014

British Museum, London

It has been many years since I have been in the British Museum in London.
I was in London on a cold and rainy day in January 2014 and paid a quick visit to the museum.
 I didn't remember the inside at all, it must be new since my last visit. It is rather 'un-museum like' and not as impressive as the Natural History Musuem.

As I didn't have much time, I just went to the Oriental Antiquities room. This covers China, South and Southeast Asia, from prehistoric times to the 20th century.
To get there I went through a 'reading room' -

The Oriental Antiquities gallery is large.

China occupies one half of the gallery, South and Southeast Asia the other half. India seemed to take up half of this area. As I had limited time I was mainly interested in Malaysia, but this is very poorly represented. There is hardly anything, especially when compared to the other countries (Indonesia, Thailand, Burma, Cambodia, Vietnam).

 View of the gallery from the Southeast Asia side -

display of island Southeast Asia prehistory -

 These items are from Malaysia. Stone belt celts from Bukit Tengku Lembu, Perlis

a ringstone from Ulu Lipis, Pahang -

I was disappointed there were no cave items.

This Ganesh is from India

The entrance roof again

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