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Michael Backman is widely published on Asian culture, art and politics. He is the author of six books that cover all aspects of Asia. His book Asian Eclipse was named by The Economist among its Books of the Year and appeared on several bestseller lists. His gallery in central London specializes in works of art from India, Southeast Asia, Central Asia, the Himalayas, the Islamic World, and Colonial and Tribal art. The gallery sells to museums and important private collections across the world.
This is a beautiful publication with large, splendid, clear photographs. It is not too long. Many of the items that have been written about are unusual and interesting. The essay on why collectors collect is a good read - it has some unusual perspectives. My copy was delivered very quickly by Amazon too; and well packaged.