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The 'Wonders' that Basham Saw

This archive of images was put together by the late Professor A. L. Basham (1914-1986) during his tenure as professor and head of the department of Oriental (later Asian) civilizations at ANU (1965-1979). He helped set up the Faculty of Oriental (later Asian) Studies at ANU and played a pioneering role in teaching and research in this area. His book The Wonder that Was India (London: Sidgwick and Jackson, 1954) became a signal study in the field. Basham undertook extensive fieldwork in India and studied several classical Indian languages.

Upon his retirement, the erstwhile Department of Art History at ANU inherited his extensive collection of 35-mm slides, each slide accompanied by an index card with Basham’s typewritten (and sometimes handwritten) notes on the image. As the archive reveals, Basham had a deep interest in art and visual culture as an essential aspect of historical study, and was an accomplished photographer. These images represent an important ingredient in the historiography of ‘classical’ civilization in Asia, variously carried out by scholars working within and outside the region in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Over 2018-19, the Centre for Art History and Art Theory at the ANU School of Art and Design has worked with ANU Archives to digitise and analyse Basham's visual archive. Sharing Basham’s images with the general public and with fellow researchers globally has been an important aim of the project. ANU researchers are now working with colleagues at the National Gallery of Australia, National University of Singapore and the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, to continue research of the significance of the 'wonders' that Basham saw, many of which are now in rather different circumstances than they were when Basham photographed them.

For inquiries or to give feedback contact Dr Chaitanya Sambrani, Senior Lecturer, Centre for Art History and Art Theory at Chaitanya.Sambrani@anu.edu.au

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Ark with sail, carrying animanls through flood

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Beheading of a horseman

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Religious image, central figure surrounded 12 others

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Scene with multiple deaths to captive people

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Scenes showing people and animals

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Man riding, horse with peacock tail and ladies head

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Unidentified script

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Hand with eye and script

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Image of men and children sitting, angel in the background

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Scenes of man cutting own hand off

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Man sitting with females and two lions

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Man with flag atop a horse, surrounded by women and children

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Portrait of man holding a book

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Man in armour atop a horse, carrying a flag

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Haifa: View across Persian garden to the Baha'i Temple and Baha'i Archives Building

Author(s)Musee de l'homme; Photographer: Arthur Llewellyn Basham
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Abdu'l Baha, son of the founder of the Baha'i faith

Author(s)Musee de l'homme; Photographer: Arthur Llewellyn Basham
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The Crown Prince Reza walks towards the throne at the coronation of his mother

Author(s)Musee de l'homme; Photographer: Arthur Llewellyn Basham
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The Empress Farah's procession leaving the Throne Room after that of the Shah, Prince Reza brings up the rear

Author(s)Musee de l'homme; Photographer: Arthur Llewellyn Basham
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The newly-crowned Empress (Shabanou) Farah of Iran leaves the Throne Room

Author(s)Musee de l'homme; Photographer: Arthur Llewellyn Basham
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The Shah, seated on the "Peacock Throne", crowns Farah Empress

Author(s)Musee de l'homme; Photographer: Arthur Llewellyn Basham
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