Raffles in Southeast Asia: Revisiting the Scholar and Statesman
Edited by Stephen A. Murphy, Naomi Wang, and Alexandra Green
Price: $50 before GST
This catalogue, published in January 2019, accompanies the exhibition of the same name at the Asian Civilisations Museum, co-curated with the British Museum. Five essays, dealing with Raffles collecting in Southeast Asia (what he did and didn’t collect and why), the history of his reputation, and the politics and art of Java and the region before and during Raffles time, will give readers a well-rounded picture of the man whose name is so well know in Singapore. Full-colour illustrations of all the exhibited objects are included. The book reveals that Raffles’ legacy is more complex than is often understood.