Susan Bean

Region of Interest

South Asia

Primary Country of Residence

United States of America


Curator of South Asian and Korean Art


Peabody Essex Museum


Mailing Address

Peabody Essex Museum
East India Sq.
Salem, MA 01970 USA

Phone/Fax Number(s)

phone: 978-745-9500 x3107
FAX: 978-744-6776

Countries of Specialization

India ; Korea

Research Interests

I am interested in art, artists and artisanry in modern South Asia
(since ca. 1800)--particularly India's modern and contemporary art,
textiles in India and Bhutan (including production and trade, as well
as use and meaning), and also in clay image makers of Bengal. My
recent book Yankee India: American Commercial and Cultural Encounters
with India in the Age of Sail (Peabody Essex Museum and Mapin
Publications, 2001) uses early 19th century journals, letters, and
souvenirs to explore the development of American views of India during
the era of sailing ship commerce. I have done field research in
Karnataka and Bengal and have ongoing interest in the languages and
cultural histories of those regions. At the Peabody Essex Museum we
have established the Herwitz Gallery, the first in an American musuem
dedicated to India's contemporary art.


None on file.


art ; history ; textile ; cultural encounters ; cultural history ; Karnataka ; Bengal ; ...