Remembering Roxanna Brown

The UCLA International Institute posts a memorial for Roxanna Brown, the director of the Southeast Asian Ceramics Museum who died in prison last week under dubious circumstances.

Roxanna Brown, UCLA International

In Memoriam – Roxanna Maude Brown
UCLA International Institute, 20 May 2008

It is with deepest sadness that we mourn the untimely death on May 14, 2008 of UCLA Art History alumna Dr. Roxanna M. Brown, 62, world-renowned expert on SEA ceramics, curator of the Southeast Asian Ceramics Museum at Bangkok University and editor of their excellent newsletter. She died in Seattle reportedly of an infection brought on by a perforated ulcer while in federal custody on a very dubious indictment. She had gone to Seattle to present a paper on SEA ceramics at a conference co-sponsored by UCLA and the University of Washington.


The UCLA post has details on how you can send your condolences to Dr Brown’s family. Here are links to three more news stories that I didn’t get to post up last week:

Asian-antiquities expert held in SeaTac dies in custody
Seattle Times, 15 May 2008

Museum director dies in custody
OC Register, 15 May 2008

Roxanna Brown, Asian art expert, dies in custody
Los Angeles Times, 15 May 2008

Related Books:
The Ceramics of Southeast Asia : Their Dating and Identification
Chinese and South-East Asian White Ware Found in the Philippines
Turiang: A fourteenth – century shipwreck in Southeast Asian waters (Aquatic Archeology)

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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