Public Lecture: Buddhism and religious practices in Burma and Thailand

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Power and Protection by Alexandra Green

Readers in Singapore may be interested in this talk at the Asian Civilisations Museum by Dr Alexandra Green.

Power and Protection: Buddhism and religious practices in Burma and Thailand
Alexandra Green, British Museum
Date: 05 August 2014
Time: 1900 hrs
Venue: Ngee Ann Auditorium, Asian Civilisations Museum Singapore

Power and Protection by Alexandra Green

Power and Protection by Alexandra Green

Public Lecture: Daily Life in Myanmar’s Ancient Cities

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Another talk for readers in Singapore, this time by Bon Hudson on the Pyu Cities.

Daily Life in Myanmar’s Ancient Cities
25 July 2014 (Friday), 7 to 8.30pm
Ngee Ann Auditorium, Asian Civilisations Museum

Speaker:
Bob Hudson
Archaeology Department
University of Sydney

Three huge brick-walled cities in Myanmar are currently going through the UNESCO World Heritage nomination process. They date to around AD 150, many centuries earlier than the Myanmar capital, Bagan. Many fascinating finds have been unearthed during excavations at the sites.

This presentation builds a picture of those long-lost societies through the material goods they left behind. Objects from Brahman and Buddhist agriculturalists and traders wary of intruders from the spirit world, and the treasures enshrined in Buddhist monuments tell us much about daily lives and religious aspirations. Modern-day treasure hunters, who until recently panned illegally for gold in what are now ricefields, and dug for beads in ancient cemeteries, will also be discussed. That they were still finding valuable items in the 21st century is further proof of the wealth and creativity of the ancient inhabitants.

More details here.

Asian Civilisations Museum paid more than $1 million to Kapoor

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Asian Civilisations Museum. Source: Chasing Aphordite 20140525

Invoices from disgraced antiquities dealer Subhash Kapoor show that the Asian Civilisations Museum paid over a $1 million for items bought between 1997-2010.

Asian Civilisations Museum. Source: Chasing Aphordite 20140525

Asian Civilisations Museum. Source: Chasing Aphordite 20140525

Singapore Sling: The Asian Civilizations Museum Paid Kapoor More Than $1 million
Chasing Aphrodite, 25 May 2014
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Asian Civilisations Museum Research Fellowship Grant 2013-14

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From the Asian Civilisations Museum:

Applications are now open for the Asian Civilisations Museum Research Fellowship for 2013-14. The research themes for the upcoming term are Peranakan material culture, Christianity in Asia (up to 1800), or areas related to the museum’s collections in general, including Buddhist studies.

For more information about the fellowship and how to apply, please visit http://acm.org.sg/research/research_fellowship.asp. Applications close on 1 January 2013.

Review: Marine Archaeology in Southeast Asia

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Marine Archaeology in Southeast Asia: Innovation and Adaptation.
Heidi Tan (ed.) Singapore: Asian Civilisations Museum, 2012.
ISBN: 978-981-07-1109-2 (pbk.)
Reviewed by S. T. Foo

Marine Archaeology in Southeast Asia: Innovation and Adaptation is a collection of papers delivered at the Conference on Maritime Archaeology in June 2011. The conference, which was organized by the Asian Civilisations Museum in Singapore, was held in conjunction with the Marina Bay Sands’ ArtScience Museum’s exhibit of the Belitung shipwreck artifacts in “Shipwrecked: Tang Dynasty Treasures and Monsoon Winds.” The Belitung shipwreck exhibition, which was referenced in many chapters of the book, was intended for further exhibition at the Smithsonian Institution’s Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in the Spring of 2012, but was later cancelled in December 2011 after some controversy (Trescott 2011, Smithsonian Institution 2012).
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Tang Treasures at the Asian Civilisations Museum

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Some of the gold and ceramics from the Belitung Shipwreck are now at the Asian Civilisations Museum in a small exhibition featuring some of the more spectacular pieces – and some that were not exhibited before.

Tang Treasures exhibition at the Asian Civilisations Museum

Tang Treasures exhibition at the Asian Civilisations Museum

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Public Lecture: Pots and How They are Made in Southeast Asia

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Readers in Singapore may be interested in this talk about ceramics production in Mainland SEA by Louise Cort and Leedom Lefferts. Click on the image to download the flyer (pdf). No registration is required.

Pots and how they are made in mainland Southeast Asia
Louise Allison Cort and Leedom Lefferts
Friday, 17 February 2012, 7 to 8.30pm
Ngee Ann Auditorium, Asian Civilisations Museum