is former highranking Hungarian diplomat, founder of the Southeast Asian Gold museum in Budapest and the Hungarian Southeast Asian Research Institute. As specialist of Southeast Asia and Indochina, he spent several decades there, became an ardent lover of the Art and Culture of the Region. He has been collecting art from Southeast Asia, China and Japan for over 50 years and today owns one of the most important private collection of antique gold, silver, bronze, ivory, porcelain, gemstone, silk, wood, glass in the world.
An MA in Art History from the Australian National University. Author of several books, articles and studies, Traditional Textiles of Cambodia and Pictorial Cambodian Textiles among others. She was an Honorary Associate in the Department of Art History and Film Studies at the University of Sydney and president of the Asian Arts Society of Australia.
A former member of the Centre for Southeast Asian Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London. From 1990–2004 she taught Southeast Asian Studies at Parsons School of Design, The New School, New York. She was an Indira Ghandi fellow in New Delhi and an Ella Walker fellow at the Rockefeller Foundation Center, Belaggio. She has curated exhibitions on the material culture of Southeast Asia in the UK and Thailand including Power Dressing that launched the opening of James HW Thompson Museum in Bangkok. Her list of publications, books, articles and papers can be viewed her web site (www.susanconway.com).
Silk for the Gods – Khmer Silk from the Collection of Dr. Zelnik
© Dr. Susan Conway, Gillian Green, Dr. István Zelnik
© editor: Dr. István ZelnikLanguage editing: Michael James Webb
Layout & design: Creative Dreams Ltd.
© Photo: Zoltán Sipos (SPS Photo, www.fotosps.com), Miklós Sulyok (artfoto-sulyok.hu)
Publisher: Hungarian Southeast Asian Research Institute
Printed and bound in Hungary by Keskeny és Társai 2001 Kft.
© Hungarian Southeast Asian Research Institute , 2017
HU ISBN 978–963–89890–6–2
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The Khmer Silk Collection of Dr. Zelnik is one of the 3 most importants Khmer silk collection in the world. The two other are: the The Thai Queen’s Collection and the Collection of the National Museum of Cambodia / Phom Penh. The most rare and precious part of the collection are the Pidans, the pittoresque religious silk pieces.
© Silk for the Gods – Khmer Silk from the Collection of Dr. Zelnik © Dr. Susan Conway, Gillian Green, Dr. István Zelnik