Maldives artefacts in Oxford

Together with MHS Cataloguer Jessica Rahardjo, Michael Feener has been working to catalogue and photograph a large collection of ceramics in the collections of the Ashmolean Museum at the University of Oxford.

This includes over 700 pieces that were collected in Malé by Professor John Carswell during a visit to the Maldives in 1974. While most of the pieces collected by Carswell are Chinese ceramics, there are also some examples of Middle Eastern and Southeast Asian wares in the collection

Since these pieces were donated to the Museum they have been kept in offsite storage for several decades, and thus unavailable for public viewing. The Maldives Heritage Survey team is now processing the data we have recorded in working with all of these these materials, and full records and photograph sets for each piece will soon be made open-access available via our online database