Alexandra Green

Southeast Asia

Department: Asia 


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Alexandra Green is Henry Ginsburg Curator for Southeast Asia at the British Museum. She has a PhD on the subject of 18th century Burmese wall paintings from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. She curated an exhibition entitled Pilgrims, Healers, and Wizards: Buddhism and Religious Practices in Burma and Thailand (2014) at the British Museum, and is currently working on an exhibition about Sir Stamford Raffles’ collecting practices, Raffles in Southeast Asia: Revisiting the Scholar and Statesman, for the Asian Civilisations Museum in Singapore (1 February-28 April 2019) and the British Museum (19 September 2019-20 January 2020).

Current projects

A history of the British Museum’s Southeast Asian collections, the relationships between word and image in Burmese religious popular posters, and the roles of material culture in Myanmar’s cross-cultural interactions.

Popular articles

“Form and Function in Southeast Asian Shadow Puppets,” Orientations, vol. 47, no. 7, October 2016.

“‘Pilgrims, Healers, and Wizards: Buddhism and Religious Practices in Burma and Thailand at the British Museum,” Orientations, vol. 45, no. 6, September 2014.

Recent articles

“Southeast Asian shadow puppets in the British Museum: from collecting histories to iconography,” Journal of the Siam Society, vol. 106 (2018): 45-72.

“Patterns of Use and Re-use: South Asian Trade Textiles and Burmese Wall Paintings,” in India and Southeast Asia: Cultural Discourses, eds. Anna Dallapiccola and Anila Verghese (Mumbai: K.R. Cama Institute, 2018), pp. 459-484.

“From India to Independence: the Formation of the Burma Collection at the British Museum,” Journal of the History of Collections, vol. 28, no. 3 (2015): 449-463.

Book publications

Buddhist Visual Cultures, Rhetoric, and Narrative in Late Burmese Wall Paintings (Hong Kong University Press, 2018).

Editor, Rethinking Visual Narratives from Asia: Intercultural and Comparative Perspectives (HK University Press, 2013).

Editor, Eclectic Collecting: Art from Burma in the Denison Museum (NUS Press, 2008).

Burma: Art and Archaeology (British Museum Press, 2002), co-edited with Richard Blurton at the British Museum.