Insular Southeast Asia
The Insular Southeast Asia collection includes objects from the Nicobar and Andaman Islands and from the countries Malaysia, Brunei, Singapore, Indonesia, East Timor, and the Philippines. Today, Indonesia is the world’s largest Muslim country, Malaysia and Brunei designate Islam as the official state religion, while the majority of the Philippine and East Timor populations are Catholic. The Nicobar and Andaman Islands are Indian territories with restricted access.
The insular Southeast Asian region is defined by two prominent, historically engendered characteristics: on the one hand, the coastal areas have for centuries been influenced by “international” contacts and their consequences; on the other hand, many ethnic groups live isolated in interior regions. These contrasts make the area especially diverse, and likewise not only for experts highly attractive.