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South East Asian history and culture celebrated in new exhibition

A series of exhibitions has been planned within the University of Hull library, to showcase the rich history and culture of SE Asia, with the launch of the first of these this week.

The first exhibition, with the title ‘Heroines, Heroes and Cosmic Power in SE Asia’, has officially opened in the University’s Brynmor Jones Library.

The curator of the Hull University SE Asia Museum and Collection, Dr Monica Janowski, shares more on what people can expect:

“The exhibition showcases a few of the treasures from the rich collection of more than 3000 items from SE Asia that have been donated to the University of Hull since the 1960s.

It focuses on stories and myths about heroes and heroines – both from the glittering coastal states of the region and from groups living in the highland areas who used to be headhunters until not long ago.

Dr Monica Janowski

“It includes artwork from Borneo artist Stephen Baya, with titles such as ‘The Hero Tuked Rini Shimmering with Cosmic Power’ and ‘Spirit Crocodile holding the Wandering Moon’.”

The hero Tuked Rini shimmering with cosmic power
The hero Tuked Rini shimmering with cosmic power
Spirit Crocodile holding the Wandering Moon artwork
Spirit Crocodile holding the Wandering Moon

The exhibition, which is on the ground floor of the Brynmor Jones Library, runs until 30 June. It is free to all, whether students, staff or members of the public.

When Hull became the UK City of Culture in 2017, the galleries saw over 55,000 visitors, and the exhibition is part of an exciting programme of exhibitions that has continued ever since.

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