Woman's sealskin coat
Woman's sealskin winter coat, Ainu. Gift in memory of William Penn Brooks. PM 40-47-60/7044.

Asian collections include materials from Eastern Asia, as well as the Middle East, Russia, and Central Asia. Excavation material comes from across the region, particularly Iran, Turkey, India, Vietnam, China, and Burma; ethnographic materials, from Japan and China. The Asian osteological collections are particularly strong in the Middle East, with modest collections from China, India, Iran, and Iraq, and are primarily associated with archaeological material. 

Collection Highlights

Some of these links will take you to OASIS (the Online Archival Search Information System), a union catalog of Finding Aids created by archival and manuscript repositories at Harvard. Collections represented on OASIS have links to the OASIS homepage. To learn more about OASIS and to view Peabody Museum Finding Aids online, follow the OASIS link, then use the keywords below to narrow your search.

  • Champollion, Andre; Cheronnet Papers, 1904-1909.
  • Collections of hide garments and carved wood from Siberia.
  • Conger, Sarah Pike; Papers of China, 1901-1908.
  • Early collections of Ainu robes, leggings, prayer sticks, baskets, etc.
  • Excavation artifacts from Tepe Yahya (Iran), Turkey (Hetty Goldman), Ksar Akil (Lebanon), Nuzi (Iraq), Vietnam (Janse), Chanho-daro, and other Indian sites.
  • Few extant primates including apes, monkeys, and prosimians.
  • Field, Henry; Photographs of Marsh Arabs, Iraq, 1934.
  • Fossil cast collections from the Miocene and Pleistocene.
  • Hallam Movius’ “Chopper-chopping tool” complex, Burma, Java.
  • Japanese ceramics from Edward S. Morse and Henrietta Page.
  • Japanese samurai armor.
  • Jewel collection of Late Imperial Chinese ornaments and implements.
  • Kachin and Shan textiles, India.
  • Middle Eastern daggers, bridle ornaments and ceramics.
  • Natufian osteological collection from El Wad.
  • Nineteenth-century Japanese Art Prints by Baron Raimond von Stillfried.
  • Oil paintings by Andre Champollion of India.
  • Oracle bone fragments and Neolithic painted funerary urns, China.
  • Quentin Roosevelt collection from Yunnan, Tibetan, Naxi and Minchia.
  • Skhul, Kebara, Shukba, Tabun and other early Homo sapiens and Neandertals.
  • Survey collections from Walter Fairservis and Aurel Stein.
  • Worman, Eugene C., Jr.; Papers, 1923-1952.
  • Wulsin, Frederick; Photographs from the Wulsin Expedition to China and Mongolia, 1923-1924.
  • Wulsin, Janet E.; Papers and Photographs of travels in China, 1918-1924.

Skhul V

One of the most important items in the Asia collections is Skhul V from Israel, considered among the most significant fossils for the study of human evolution. 

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