Collections

Photolibrary Collections

The EFEO's collection of photographs and glass plates constitutes an exceptional documentary resource (archaeology, statuary, architecture, epigraphy, ethnography, etc.) covering many different countries (Cambodia, Vietnam, India, China, Thailand, Laos, etc.). Based on photographs taken during archaeological excavations and expeditions carried out by the School since 1910, the collection gradually expanded thanks to a number of gifts (the Dalet, Bacot, Boulbet, and Bénisti holdings, among others). The photographs, most of them as yet unpublished, will all eventually be digitised.

The photographic collection is of major historic interest. Some of the images feature archaeological sites and monuments before they suffered the irreparable effects of war and pillage; used in conjunction with diaries from archaeological excavations, they make it possible to recreate the way in which restoration work and research was conducted on a day-to-day basis.

Some figures:

  • CAMBODIA: 30,000 indexed digital photos (archaeology, architecture, statuary, iconography, epigraphy, ethnography, etc.);
  • VIETNAM: approximately 7,000 photos (archaeology, iconography, museum collections, etc.) as well as 1,500 indexed digital photos of the Champa region;
  • CHINA: approximately 3,000 photos (archaeology, ethnology, art, museography, graphic documents, etc.);
  • INDIA: several thousand photos;
  • LAOS: 3,000 photos, of which approximately 1,200 dealing with ethnology;
  • SIAM: approximately 2,000 photos (archaeology, various sites, museum collections, etc.)
  • 7,000 glass plates - mostly of Cambodia and Vietnam - have been digitised (the H. Marchal, H. Parmentier, J. Bacot, L. Finot, Ch. Carpeaux collections).
EFEO News
Buddhist scribal practices in a transcultural perspective
France, Paris, 25 November 2019
This international workshop is a collaborative effort organized by the École française d’Extrême-Orient (EFEO-Paris) and the Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures (CSMC-Hamburg), which involves scholars in Buddhist studies, codicology, and art history to analyze the connecaons between scribal pracaces agested in various Central and East-Asian Buddhist manuscript cultures, with a focus on mutual influences between them regarding the use of specific ornamental and/or structural marks. Read program here
Conference
Paris, France, 07 November 2019
Alain Arrault gives a lecture on religious statuary in China, Japan and Korea on Thursday, November 7, at 2pm, Salon Pelliot of the Hotel Heidelbach.
This conference is organized by the Société des amis du Musée Guimet, for more details follow the link.
Signing of an MOU with the Institute of Archeology of the National Cheng Kung University
Tainan, Taiwan, 05 November 2019
On November 5, 2019, the EFEO Director signed an MOU with the Institute of Archeology of the National Cheng Kung University in Tainan (Taiwan).
Renewal of the cooperation agreement with the Fu Ssu-nien Library of the Academia Sinica
Taipei, Taiwan, 04 November 2019
On Monday, November 4, the EFEO Director and the Director of the Institute of History and Philology of the Academia Sinica have signed the renewal of the cooperation agreement with the Fu Ssu-nien Library of the Academia Sinica.
Louis Finot collection
22 October 2019
2770 stereoscopic photographs of the Louis Finot collection, epigrapher and first director of the EFEO, are posted on the photo library's website.

Legend: Pradak village in the eastern baray, Angkor region, Cambodia (FINL00039).