Asian art and culture

Find objects and stories from the East in Europe's vast repositories of cultural heritage


black and white portrait of a young Sarojini Naidu
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India's renowned poet and freedom fighter

black and white photograph of a man wearing suit with a young girl holding a balloon standing behind him
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Indian photographer who charted the South Asian community in Coventry and the West Midlands

pink, white, green and black kimono
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Kimono's social history represents a unique cultural exchange between Japan and Europe

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Challenging the stereotypes of Hollywood

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Learn about all about Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations.


The natural world was a central inspiration in Art Nouveau, manifested in diverse ways.

It was Marco Polo’s book of his travels that introduced Europeans to China and Central Asia.

A Geisha is a Japanese entertainer skilled in traditional Japanese art. The term Geisha is even a combination of the words for art and person.

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Netsuke are small sculptural objects worn by men in Japan since the 17th century

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Sounds of the 1931 French colonial exhibition, with music from Bali, India, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia and Madagascar

Today we are honouring one of the bravest explorers and sailors in history: Abel Tasman, the Dutch man who was the captain of the first reported European expedition to reach the island of Tasmania, 40 kilometres south of the Australian continent, on 24 N…


Utagawa Hiroshige is often considered the last great master of ukiyo-e – the Japanese tradition of woodblock prints and paintings.


Japanese printmaker Ohara Koson's art is full of 'kachō-ga' style (literally ‘images of flowers and birds’).


Compare traditions across communities and time combined handwriting and art


In Europe and the Middle East the dragon was a legendary creature of evil. But are the dragons of myth based on reality?


How do you take your tea? Served in an elegant parlour, from a flask or during a Japanese ceremony?

A selection of photographs from the late nineteenth to the early twentieth century.

Surimono are a genre of Japanese woodblock print. Produced in small numbers for a mostly educated audience of literati, surimono were often more experimental and extravagant than commercial prints.