Sir Stamford Raffles is known for establishing Singapore as a British port, as the author of The History of Java, and as a collector of natural history and cultural materials. Opinions have changed over time: he has been viewed as a scholarly expert on the region, a progressive reformer, a committed imperialist, and even a plagiariser. This catalogue of the Raffles in Southeast Asia exhibition at the Asian Civilisations Museum, was co-curated with the British Museum. It shows that Raffles’ legacy is more complex than often understood. Five essays deal with Raffles collecting in Southeast Asia – what he did and didn’t collect and why, the history of his reputation, and the politics and art of Java and the region before and during Raffles time. There are full-colour illustrations of all the exhibited objects.
Number of Pages: :336
Imprint: :(ACM) Asian Civilisations Museum
Publication Date :20190201