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The Art of Asia in the Victoria & Albert Museum

South Kensington underground station, London (meet just beyond the ticket barrier)

Guided by Barry

The V & A’s world-class Asian collections – running to some 65,000 objects – make London the most important centre for the appreciation and study of Asian art and archaeology outside the countries of origin. It's a collection anges across 4,000 years and includes some of the most important pieces in the world. Paintings, works on paper, textiles, musical instruments, metalwork, early sculptures, tangkas (painted scrolls), ritual and domestic vessels, important items of dress, personal ornament, arms, armour, lacquer-wear… well, you get the idea. (And that's not to mention the V & A's significant holding of 20th-century and contemporary Indian film posters – a genre which is important to an understanding of the modern and contemporary visual world of South Asia.) A couple of hours in there looking at some of these pieces with someone who knows these pieces – can explain their significance and importance – it's a passport to lands and times and ways of looking at and experiencing the world that are far, far away from London, let alone the West generally.