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All the catalogued objects in the Oriental Museum’s collections are available online in our database Discover. We are constantly updating the database with new objects. Try searching for a country, object number, historic period, faith or other keyword in the search bar above. 

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Important to note 

This is a working database and not a finished catalogue. 

We are constantly working to improve our database and new records and images are added regularly. Existing records are also constantly being revised to add new research. However, this also means that not all entries are complete, and some may contain errors ranging from typing mistakes to misidentifications. 

We make our collections accessible to all for the purposes of academic and community research and provide access to our database online. In accordance with standard professional practice our database entries will reflect the language of the collection and of its original creators; additionally, the individual records may have been written many years ago when the collection was first received by the university. Voices, objects and images from the past can display attitudes, opinions and relate to events which may be viewed as biased and offensive in today’s society. Other voices are not always present.  

We are committed to listening to all communities and welcome your engagement. If you wish to contact us about any language used in our online database or about any particular item in our collections, please make a note of the reference number and email us at


Other ways to explore our collections

We have partnered with a range of UK and international organisations to share our collections more widely. Why not explore?