Eastern Art Collection

The Eastern Art Collections are housed on the Sackler Library's Floor 3.

The collection comprises approximately 25,000 volumes and covers, broadly, the art, architecture and archaeology of the Middle East, East Asia and South Asia. Please note that materials on Ancient Near Eastern and Egyptian art, architecture and archaeology are, however, housed on Floor 1.

Areas of particular geographic focus are:

  • Central and Western Asia, the Arabian Peninsula and the Mediterranean Basin
  • China
  • Japan, Korea
  • South Asia (Mughal period)
  • Tibet

Materials on Mughal manuscripts are also housed at the Bodleian Library, in support of its collection of Mughal and Persian manuscript paintings. Materials on South Asian archaeology are generally held by the Bodleian Library.

There are also extensive complementary holdings at the Bodleian Libraries' offsite facility ("Closed Stack"). Readers may request these items for consultation at the Sackler.

The collection is non-circulating.

There are two sequences for this collection:

  • Materials acquired up to 2007/2008 (held in the "Old Eastern Art classification" sequence)
  • Materials acquired from 2007/2008 (held in the "Library of Congress classification" sequence)

Publications are collected in all relevant languages, in particular English and other Western European languages, Chinese, Japanese and, to a lesser extent, Korean.

Link to Catalogues:

For further assistance please contact the Art and Architecture Librarian: clare.hills-nova@bodleian.ox.ac.uk


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