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Oriental Antiquities

  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Title (object)

    • Oriental Antiquities
  • Description

    Advertising poster by Graham Arnold largely abstract design featuring Tara and other items from the Oriental collections.

  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1970s
  • Production place

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 96.5 centimetres (including frame)
    • Width: 66 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        The original painting had no inscription but supeerimposed on the print4ed poster was: A painting by Graham Arnold based on the Collections of the Department of Oriental Antiquities.
        The Museum inspired the artist.
        Let its great and varied treasures inspire you.
  • Curator's comments

    One of a series of seven advertising posters displaying the range of the Museum’s collections produced in the late 1977-8. The artists were given a free hand to develop their departmental themes imaginatively. The posters were widely displayed on the Underground, around the BM and used in mailings. This poster features objects drawn from a number of cultures then housed in the Department of Oriental Antiquities (from which the current Department of Asia is derived). These include Hindu and Buddhist sculptures, a Chinese cup, and primitive flint tools. Prominently featured (bottom right) is an 8th-century bronze statue of the goddess Tara from Sri Lanka

    A copy of the Poster (Catalogue No. 89) is held by the Central Library.


  • Location

    Not on display (BH/FF10/British Framed PIX)

  • Exhibition history

    The painting itself has always been in store.

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  • Acquisition date


  • Acquisition notes

    The painting was commissioned in return for a fee as part of a series of seven used in a poster campaign in 1977-8. The campaign was handled by Saatchi & Saatchi (Fay Jenkins). By agreement the museum retained the original.

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number



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