University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Athropology

Region: Asia


A Visit to a Chittagong Hill Tribe

Photo of statue.

By: Robert H. Dyson, Jr.

Much of the initial information gathered on foreign peoples has been derived from the accounts of travelers. Such accounts are usually of an informal nature involving personal experiences seldom included in technical anthropological studies. Yet the very intimacy of such personal contacts, combined with the traveler’s observations on foreign customs, documents in a manner similar […]


The American Kalmyks

photo of monks

By: Fred Adelman

After an odyssey of more than three centuries a group of Mongolian Buddhists has come to Philadelphia and nearby New Jersey to settle. Their name for themselves is mana khalyamik emtn, “our Kalmyk people,” but they have accepted the westernized versions, Kalmyk, Kalmuk, or Kalmuck. The forebears of the Kalmyks came from the pasturelands of Jungaria, between […]


Boys of the Yellow Robe

photo of kids.

By: Robbins Burling

Last spring I spent a few weeks in Hopong, a market town in the Shan States of Burma. The town lies in hilly but unforested country, what I think the English would call rolling downs, and in early May before the monsoon, it is parched and bare, but it has a rugged sort of beauty. […]


The “Old Fort” at Lahore

photo of mosaic
Restoration of a Moghul Fortress in West Pakistan

By: George F. Dales, Jr.

“On Monday, the 9th of the Divine month of Azar…[Nov. 20, A.D. 1620], mounting an elephant of the name of Indra, I went towards the city, scattering coins as I proceeded. After three watches and two gharis of day had passed, at the selected auspicious hour, having entered the royal residence, I alighted happily and auspiciously […]


A Korean Potter’s Masterpiece

By: Jean Gordon Lee

Since 1916 a most unusual celadon vase has been in the Museum’s collection. Bought through Joseph Duveen at the time he was liquidating the Morgan collection of Chinese porcelain, it is an outstanding example of the Oriental potters’ art. When, in 1911, the second volume of Mr. J.P. Morgan’s privately printed and most opulent catalogue […]


Section of General Ethnology

The E. W. Clark Collection

New Zealand The most important acquisition made by the Section of General Ethnol­ogy in many years is the E. W. Clark Collection of ethnological specimens from the South Pacific Islands, which, as was announced in the December number of the Journal, was presented during the present year by Mr. Herbert L. Clark. In this collection […]