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Museum of Anthropology, College of Arts and Science, University of Missouri-Columbia

Museum of Anthropology
100 Swallow Hall
Columbia, MO 65211-1440

Monday - Friday
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Asia - Ethnographic Collection

The ethnographic collection includes over a thousand items representing Asian cultures. Materials representing China, Korea, and Japan include coins; clothing, hats and shoes; personal ornaments and items such as pipes, combs, and eyeglasses; writing implements; prints, figurines, and dolls; ceremonial items such as prayer beads and Shinto temples; the Browne Collection of Chinese archery thumb rings; and the Bowser Collection of Japanese ivory carvings.

Cultures of Southeast Asia are represented by the Deevey Collection of tools, basketry, apparel, domestic items, and shadow puppets from Thailand; Indonesian basketry and prints; and hats, ornaments, hunting equipment, weaponry, tools, and other items of daily life from the Philippines. Personal apparel from India and areas of the Middle East such as Israel and Afghanistan are also included.

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Related Links

Ancestors & Dieties: Chinese Spirit Tablets in the Minigalleries

Bowser Ivories, an extensive and striking collection of carved ivory figures in the Museum Online

Chinese Coins in the Minigalleries

Chines Lotus Shoes in the Minigalleries

Chinese Archery Equipment in the Grayson Archery Collection

Korean Archery Equipment in the Grayson Archery Collection

Japanese Archery Equipment in the Grayson Archery Collection

Archery Equipment of Tribal Asia and Oceania in the Grayson Archery Collection

The Nang - Thai Shadow Puppets in the Minigalleries

Museum Collection Databases


shadow puppet
Thai Shadow Puppet
late 20th century
Deevey Thailand Collection
MAC1981-272c

hats
Philippine & Indonesian Hats
ca. 1903
bamboo
Mitchell Collection
MAC1966-0510, -0519, -0521