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Busts

The Royal Asiatic Society has a small collection of busts, depicting significant figures in the history of the Society and…


East Asian Art

The Society has an important collection of art from East Asia, particularly China and Japan, with many beautiful and fascinating…


Nineveh Excavation

The footage dates from the late 1920s/early 1930s and shows excavations in Iraq at the mound of Kouyunjik, scenes in…


Photographic Collections

The Royal Asiatic Society has almost 100 different collections of photographs, containing several thousand images, dating back to the middle…


Portraits

The RAS collections include a large number of portraits, depicting Orientalist scholars and significant figures from the historical counter between…


Snakes and Ladders

The Society’s collection includes two rare, early versions of Snakes and Ladders, a game which originated in ancient India and…


South Asian Manuscripts

Here you can see online reproductions of almost 400 palm leaf manuscripts from the Society’s South Asian manuscript collections. This…


Thomas Manning Archive

Thomas Manning was born in Broome, Norfolk on 8th November, 1772, the second son of Reverend William Manning, rector of…


Thomas Manning’s travels in Tibet

This is a recording of Sir John Gielgud as Thomas Manning, reading from Manning’s Narrative of his travels in Tibet….