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Canberra, 21 January 2011.

06 January 2010

Furniture and Decorative Arts of Sri Lanka (FDASL) Project


06 Jan 2010

Digital Library for International Research (DLIR), Washington, DC, US.

"The Furniture and Decorative Arts of Sri Lanka (FDASL) is a documentary project that produced an inventory of furniture and other decorative arts that were created in Sri Lanka and are currently owned by Sri Lanka's cultural institutions and private collections. It is sponsored by the American Institute for Sri Lankan Studies [www.aisls.org - ed.]. [...]
The inventory is presented in an image database of approximately 1,000 images of 400 unique items that were photographed by the project's principal researcher, Ayesha Abdur-Rahman, from 2006 to 2009. The first collections to be described were the furniture collections of the National Museums of Sri Lanka in Colombo, Galle, Kandy, and at Pettah. These collections primarily consist of furniture from the Portuguese, Dutch and British Periods (17th to 19th centuries)."

Site contents:
* About DLIR;
* About FDASL;
* Essays (Essays by Ayesha Abdur-Rahman: # Burgomaster Chairs, # Dating the Furniture of Sri Lanka, # Woods Used in Sri Lanka Furniture);
* Image database [database fields: # Type of object, # Subject, # Numerical date, # Date of period, # Place of creation, # Measurements (H: W: L:), # Materials, # Techniques, # Inscriptions and marks, # Distinguishing features, # Descriptions, # Location, # Accession ID, # Notes - ed.] (# Search museums or private collections: National Museum of Sri Lanka (Colombo), National Museum of Sri Lanka (Kandy), National Museum of Sri Lanka (Galle), Dutch Period Museum (Pettah), Lunuganga Trust (Geoffrey Bawa's Home in Colombo), Lunuganga Trust (Geoffrey Bawa's Home in Lunuganga), A. Mohideen Private Collection Furniture, A. Mohideen and Sheeraz Sellamuttu Private Collection Brasses, Tea Estate Collections (Sheen-Sheen), Tea Estate Collections (Bogawantalawa), Tea Estate Collections (Harrow-Sheen), # Search the entire Decorative Arts of Sri Lanka);
* Bibliography [Annotated Bibliography by Ayesha Abdur-Rahman, i.e. details of 20 publications in English from the years 1681-2008];
* Credits.

URL http://dlir.aiys.org/LALORC/AISLS/aboutFDASL.htm

Internet Archive (web.archive.org) [the site was not archived at the time of this abstract]

Link reported by: John Rogers (Rogersjohnd--at--aol.com), forwarded by h-asia--at--h-net.msu.edu

* Resource type [news - documents - study - corporate info. - online guide]:
Documents/ Study
* Publisher [academic - business - govt. - library/museum - NGO - other]:
* Scholarly usefulness [essential - v.useful - useful - interesting - marginal]:
* External links to the resource [over 3,000 - under 3,000 - under 1,000
- under 300 - under 100 - under 30]: under 30

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