Cultures of Asia

The Field Museum has a long history of research in South and East Asia. From the World's Columbian Exhibition, which featured people and objects from Asia, through the work of several curators in the Department of Anthropology, such as Berthold Laufer, who built our Asian Collections, Field Museum anthropologists historically have conducted cutting-edge research in the region. Today, Curator Gary Feinman conducts archaeological survey in Shandong, China.

Image above: Detail of a Saron Barung, which is a type of metallophone, from the gamelan featured in the Java Village at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. Catalog Number 3.36011. © The Field Museum, GN91437_59d, Photographer John Weinstein.

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