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A portico of four columns. Ram Raz Collection c.1825
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Kunisato Triptych: View of Akabane, Yedo, early evening. From an album of theatrical prints presented by Herbert Charles Fanshawe, December 1923
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Tod Collection: Rana Jai Singh of Newar being weighed, Udaipur
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Demons and kings seated in two main rows. Illustration from the Adi parva of the Mahabharata.

Latest News

The Society is delighted to have acquired a portrait of Professor E.H.S. Simmonds, Professor of Languages and Literatures of South East Asia and former President of the Royal Asiatic Society. The portrait, painted by his late wife, has beenkindly donated by her family. The painting is now hanging in the Lecture Theatre and can be seen by anyone visiting the Society,

The Royal Asiatic Society is now accepting submissions for the next presentation of the Staunton Award. If you are a current PhD student or ―if you passed your doctorate on or after 1st January 2014 ―you will be eligible to submit. All short-listed articles will be published in the journal.

Don't forget to visit our Digital Library, hosting a variety of digitized treasures from our historic collections. Please see here for more details: https://royalasiaticcollections.org//

Upcoming Events

  1. Dr Simon O’Meara (SOAS)

    February 13 @ 6:30 am - 9:00 pm
  2. Dr Fiona Kerlogue (Former Deputy Keeper of Anthropology at the Horniman Musuem)

    February 18 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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