John Guy

Metropolitan Museum of Art
Museum curator
Humanities and Arts
Visual Arts

John Guy is Curator of South and Southeast Asian Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, with research interests in the temple arts of the Hindu-Buddhist-Jain traditions, and in the ceramic and textile trade of the Indian Ocean diaspora. His recent major exhibitions include Interwoven Globe (2013) and Lost Kingdoms. Hindu-Buddhist Sculpture of Early Southeast Asia (2014). He joined the Met's Asian Department in 2008 after 22 years at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, where he was Senior Curator of Indian Art, with responsibility for the sculpture collections. He has acted as an advisor to UNESCO on historical sites in Southeast Asia and worked in partnership with government archaeological agencies in Thailand, Laos and Vietnam, including at the sites of Wat Phu in Laos and My Son in Vietnam, assisting in documenting for World Heritage listing. Other projects have included maritime excavations, most recently the Hoi An shipwreck cargo in Vietnam, the Belitung shipwreck in Indonesia, and the Phanom Surin shipwreck cargo in Thailand. He is an elected a Fellow of the London Society of Antiquaries (2003).

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