Object In Focus

Mata-ni-Pachedi

Cloth of the Mother Goddess Ahmedabad, Gujarat, 20th century, T557.4 Our object in focus is a mata-ni-pachedi from Making a Mark – our new display of block printed and painted textiles. The display …
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Tanjore paintings

We have re-opened!  To celebrate we would like to take a closer look a few of our favourite paintings, newly on display. They are from a set of vibrant …
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Oxen and cart with household possessions

Company School Paintings

Company School paintings, early 19th century Oxen and cart with household possessions In the early 19th century, Indian miniature painters found a lucrative market for their work among …
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buddahthrone

Buddhist Thrones, Burma, Early 20th Century This intricate wood carved Buddhist monk’s throne, dating from […]
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Pithora Paintings

Pithora Paintings

Baba Pithoro driving a bullock cart, on handmade paper, early 21st century Pithora Paintings, Gujarat, Early 21st Century Pithora paintings are traditionally painted on the walls of …
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vishnu and garuda

Vishnu and Garuda

Vishnu and Garuda, early 20th century, Balinese This carved and painted wooden figure of Vishnu and Garuda is from Bali, Indonesia, and dates from the late …
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Carved Yashoda Figure

Carved Yashoda Figure

Yashoda, is the foster mother of Krishna, as described in the Puranic Hindu texts. This carved and painted wooden sculpture of Yashoda, holding the infant …
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Samovars, copper

Samovars, Copper and Brass

Samovars originated in Russia to boil and heat water but these large urn-shaped samovars are typical of the Kashmir region of India. They are used …
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Lord Sharabha and Narasimha

Sharabha is an avatar of Shiva, part-lion and part-bird, that is usually only found in southern India. It is believed to be the most powerful …
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Old Skate Rink

Our Historic Building

The South Asia Collection Museum is housed in an architectural gem, a Grade II listed Victorian roller-skating rink. When you come to visit us, you can look up and …
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ravi varma

Saraswati, A Lithograph By Ravi Varma, Early 20th Century Saraswati is the goddess of wisdom, learning, music and the arts. She is usually depicted with her …
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Jain panel, Live and Let Live Late 20th century India This carved and painted Jain panel depicting a cow and lion drinking from the same tub …
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Javanese Wayang Puppetry

Despite their elaborate appearance, wayang kulit puppets are designed for shadow puppetry. Wayang kulit is the earliest form of puppetry in Java and is known …
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Bandhani textiles Gujarat, India Bandhani is a general term applied to Indian tie-dyed textiles but it is particularly associated with the fine tie-dye of Gujarat. Thousands of …
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Woodcutters Jeypore

Woodcutters Jeypore. 1914. Etching. Mortimer Menpes We are about to launch Menpes Etchings, an exhibition of etchings. To join us on the 20th of August for …
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Chair: early 20th Century

Swat is a mountainous district of northern Pakistan. Traditionally, woodworkers were held in great esteem in Swat, and intricately carved motifs adorned a wide range …
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Lion vahana, Goddess Durga

Lion vahana, mount of Goddess Durga Polychrome wooden sculpture, 20th century, Tamil Nadu, India  We have just given this lion pride of place …
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Moh nei: Naga body cloth

Nagaland has a strong warrior tradition and headhunting was a significant part of its culture for many years. Strict rules surrounded the practice of headhunting. …
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Jumlo, from Indus Kohistan, Pakistan, c1950

This woman’s dress or jumlo is made from a woven black cotton fabric and is finely embroidered with silk threads. It is constructed from three main parts: a bodice, long wide sleeves …
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Persian Kalamkari

Kalamkaris originated in Persia (present day Iran) where qalam meant pen and kari  meant craftwork. Originally the design was hand drawn onto the cotton cloth using a bamboo pen. But during the 19th century …
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Watercolours by Maung Htun Hla

This landscape by Burmese artist Maung Htun Hla depicts a sailboat on a Burmese river. The boat, manned by a small crew, is reflected in …
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Oil lamp from Odisha

Oil lamps have a significant role in the Hindu religion and are found both at home and in Hindu temples. Single wick lamps, such as this, …
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Majju from Southern Rajasthan

This majju (chest), currently on display at The South Asia Collection, comes from the south of Rajasthan. The inside of the chest is a series of secret …
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