Visual Materials


The Society has a large collection of artworks. These include paintings, drawings, engravings, and sculpture by both European and Asian artists. Most of these are described in the Catalogue of paintings, drawings, engravings and busts in the collection of the Royal Asiatic Society (by Raymond Head, 1991).

Many of these artworks are catalogued, with accompanying thumbnail images, on our online catalogue.



The map collection of the RAS contains maps and atlases of Asian regions and further afield. A card index is available in the RAS Reading Room for the majority of the material. Please contact us for further details.


In its early stages the RAS collected items for a Museum. This was subsequently disbanded and most of the material housed with other suitable establishments. However a few items have remained in the RAS Collections. A list of these is available in the RAS Reading Room.