Collection Database search
The database currently includes objects from ancient Egypt and Sudan; central, south and east Asia and the Museum’s collection of two-dimensional pictorial art.
The database is updated weekly and currently includes:
- 458,205 objects are available online
- 175,585 of these have one or more images
Objects from Ancient Egypt and Sudan, dating from the Neolithic period (around 10,000 BC) until the twelfth century AD. Objects covering the material and visual cultures of Japan, Korea, China, Central Asia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, South and South-East Asia, and dating from the Neolithic period (around 4,000 BC) to the present day.
The Museum’s collection of two-dimensional works from all over the world: almost entirely works on paper (drawings, paintings or prints), but including other categories of objects such as icons, rubbings, papercuts, mummy-portraits, wall paintings, watch papers, scrolls and the Vindolanda tablets from Roman Britain.
The remaining 1.3 million records will be released by the end of 2009, as follows:
In winter 2008 records of 820,000 objects from Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the Pacific, and the Americas will be added.
Later in 2009, nearly 500,000 records relating to coins, medals and paper money will be released.
Work is continuing on the parts of the collection that have not been catalogued and new entries are being added to the database at the rate of about 3,000 a month. But the size of the collection means that it will take many years to complete.