T. Richard Blurton

Ancient and Medieval
South Asia

Department: Asia 


+44 (0)20 7323 8274

T. Richard Blurton is head of the South Asian section in the Department of Asia. He has curatorial charge of the late medieval, early modern and modern collections from both South and South East Asia. He carries research on these collections and has a special knowledge of the department’s collection history. Richard has conducted active programmes of contemporary collecting, most notably in eastern and north-eastern India.

Current projects

  • Tribal Transitions: Cultural Change in the Arunachal Pradesh
    Collaborative research project centred in north-east of India. This is being conducted with colleagues from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, Arunachal University and the Centre for Cultural Research and Documentation, Itanagar, the capital of Arunachal Pradesh. This five-year documentary study is funded through the Economic and Social Research Council.

Previous projects

  • Durga pratima construction project in Great Court for Voices of Bengal – Bengal Season at the British Museum, Autumn 2006 (with Brian Durrans).

External fellowships/ honorary positions/ membership of professional bodies

  • Fellow and Member of Council, Royal Asiatic Society. London

  • Monographs Editor, Society for South Asian Studies, The British Academy, London

Recent publications

T. R. Blurton, Bengali myths (London, British Museum Press, 2006)

T. R. Blurton, Burma: Art and Archaeology, with A. Green (ed.), (London, British Museum Press, 2002)

T. R. Blurton, Burma and the Art of Lacquer, with R. Issacs, (Bangkok, 2000)

T. R. Blurton, Hindu Art (London, British Museum Press, 1992)