John Guy

John Guy

Writer, Curator & Archaeologist

John Guy FSA is the Florence and Herbert Irving Curator of the Arts of South and Southeast Asia at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and an elected Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries in London. He was formerly Senior Curator for South Asia at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum. Guy has served on the Councils of the European Associations of South Asia and Southeast Asian Archaeology and various editorial boards. His principal research interests are the ritual life of temple arts in South Asia and their relations with early Southeast Asia and material culture in the Indian Ocean, principally in the field of textile trade studies and ceramics, including shipwreck archaeology.  He has worked on a number of archaeological excavations, both land and maritime sites, and served as an advisor to UNESCO on historical sites in Southeast Asia. He has curated numerous exhibitions, most recently ‘Indian Temple Sculpture, The Art of Devotion’ in Barcelona and at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, ‘Wonder of the Age: Master Painters of India, 1100-1900’, ‘Cambodian Rattan: The Sculpture of  Sopheap Pich’, ‘Interwoven Globe: The Worldwide Textile Trade, 1500-1800’, ‘Ragamala: Picturing Sound’ and ‘Lost Kingdoms: Hindu-Buddhist Sculpture of Early Southeast Asia, 5th to 8th Century’. His major books include Woven Cargoes: Indian Textiles in the East, Indian Temple Sculpture and Lost Kingdoms: Hindu-Buddhist Sculpture of Early Southeast Asia, 5th to 8th Century.



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