The South Asia Collection

The South Asia Collection The South Asia Collection's objectives are to conserve a record of and to promote the arts, crafts and culture of South Asia. The SADACC Trust was established as a charity in 2010 (RCN 1137415).

We are affiliated with the University of East Anglia through the Sainsbury Institute for Art. The Collection is housed in a restored Victorian roller skating rink in the centre of Norwich. Large architectural pieces are permanently displayed throughout the building. to display the diversity and range of the collection, a new exhibition is staged approximately every three months.

Operating as usual

the team had a bit of fun this morning arranging and photographing some of the collection! ๐Ÿ“ธ These hand painted animals ...
17/11/2021

the team had a bit of fun this morning arranging and photographing some of the collection! ๐Ÿ“ธ These hand painted animals from Bassi, India are placed in front of a julla on the birthday of Krishna or the Jhulan Yatra Swing Festival ๐Ÿ‡๐Ÿ˜๐ŸŸ๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ„

the team had a bit of fun this morning arranging and photographing some of the collection! ๐Ÿ“ธ These hand painted animals from Bassi, India are placed in front of a julla on the birthday of Krishna or the Jhulan Yatra Swing Festival ๐Ÿ‡๐Ÿ˜๐ŸŸ๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ„

We have a brand new display case up about Thai ceramics from our collection๐Ÿบ Here are some stoneware plates with beautif...
10/11/2021

We have a brand new display case up about Thai ceramics from our collection๐Ÿบ Here are some stoneware plates with beautiful illustrated narratives. The case has even more so come into have a look! โœจ

Happy Diwali to those who celebrate! We hope you had a wonderful day yesterday and continue to enjoy the rest of the fes...
05/11/2021

Happy Diwali to those who celebrate! We hope you had a wonderful day yesterday and continue to enjoy the rest of the festival ๐Ÿช”โœจ๐ŸŽ‰

Translating to โ€˜rows of lighted lampsโ€™ Diwali is the triumph of light over dark and good over evil. It marks the start of the Hindu new year. Lakshmi is believed to enter home and bless people with good fortune. Oil lamps called diyas ๐Ÿช” are lit as well as candles and lights. Families exchange gifts and gather ti celebrate. Tango li is also used in the festivities, drawn in coloured rice and sand in front of doorways to welcome the gods and bring good luck!

Happy Diwali to those who celebrate! We hope you had a wonderful day yesterday and continue to enjoy the rest of the festival ๐Ÿช”โœจ๐ŸŽ‰

Translating to โ€˜rows of lighted lampsโ€™ Diwali is the triumph of light over dark and good over evil. It marks the start of the Hindu new year. Lakshmi is believed to enter home and bless people with good fortune. Oil lamps called diyas ๐Ÿช” are lit as well as candles and lights. Families exchange gifts and gather ti celebrate. Tango li is also used in the festivities, drawn in coloured rice and sand in front of doorways to welcome the gods and bring good luck!

Itโ€™s nearly Diwali! ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽŠ For many, this festival honours the Hindu goddess of wealth, prosperity and good fortune, Lakshmi...
01/11/2021

Itโ€™s nearly Diwali! ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽŠ For many, this festival honours the Hindu goddess of wealth, prosperity and good fortune, Lakshmi. On diwali, she visits her devotees and bestows gifts and blessings upon each of them. Diwali is also known as the festival of light โœจ these lights help Lakshmi find her way into peoples homes ๐ŸŒธ

Look at these beautiful figures of Ganesh - remover of obstacles and god of new beginnings ๐Ÿ˜Both figures have a left fac...
29/10/2021

Look at these beautiful figures of Ganesh - remover of obstacles and god of new beginnings ๐Ÿ˜

Both figures have a left facing trunk, symbolic of feminine energy, this icon is believed to represent the calming aspect of Ganesh and is preferred for placement in homes to invoke peace.

Swipe to see Ganeshโ€™s vehicle (vahana) which is a rat! Rats nibble away at ropes that bind, thus this symbolises Ganeshโ€™s ability to overcome anything he wants ๐Ÿ€

If youโ€™re wandering through our museum, be sure to look up. Youโ€™ll see loads of amazing things such as this colossal Cha...
22/10/2021

If youโ€™re wandering through our museum, be sure to look up. Youโ€™ll see loads of amazing things such as this colossal Chabutro (bird feeder). Feeding birds, particularly pigeons is considered an auspicious activity. ๐Ÿฆ Chabutros are examples of incredible craftsmanship. This one has motifs of flowers foliage and birds ๐ŸŒบ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿฆœ
This bird feeder is a replica of what you may find in some districts of Ahmedabad, believe it or not, some are double the height of this! ๐Ÿ•Š

We love the details on this beautiful cabinet. It is painted in the Nathdwara style which we can tell from the large eye...
16/10/2021

We love the details on this beautiful cabinet. It is painted in the Nathdwara style which we can tell from the large eyes of the characters ๐Ÿ‘€ The story of Sri Nathji, a representation of Lord Krishna is depicted here. This type of artwork is usually seen in devotional pichwai paintings on cloth ๐ŸŽจ

Look at the beautiful paintwork on this bhandra almirah (temple cupboard). It originates from north west India, probably...
11/10/2021

Look at the beautiful paintwork on this bhandra almirah (temple cupboard). It originates from north west India, probably Gujarat. Almirahs are used to store ritual items used in ceremonies and clothing for dressing temple deities.

This beautiful block printed mata ni pachedi depicts the mother goddess Durga riding a black nandi. She holds a sword an...
06/10/2021

This beautiful block printed mata ni pachedi depicts the mother goddess Durga riding a black nandi. She holds a sword and spear in left hands and bottles i right hands. Musicians, dancers and warriors decorate the side panels ๐ŸŽบ๐Ÿ—ก

It is part of our recent display Making a Mark which coincided with our Heritage Open Days workshop. This display explores traditional printing methods for South Asia and challenges us to think about our own choices as consumers.

We loved seeing the individual works you made as well as the big collab piece!
29/09/2021

We loved seeing the individual works you made as well as the big collab piece!

We loved seeing the teamwork and collaboration in our workshop last week run by Tricia Mercer-David for @norfolkhods @he...
29/09/2021

We loved seeing the teamwork and collaboration in our workshop last week run by Tricia Mercer-David for @norfolkhods @heritageopendays It was great seeing groups learn from each other, build confidence and how the different groups works informed others! The team here have all learned lots from you too ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ

here are glimpses of the final outcome and the work in progress! Each group had 1 section, 1 large main motif block to s...
25/09/2021

here are glimpses of the final outcome and the work in progress! Each group had 1 section, 1 large main motif block to share and 1 small block each. Through collaboration, choices in composition, pattern, colour and narrative were made. Each group was informed by each other and the final piece shows this great work! ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ

11/09/2021

Weโ€™ve been busy developing our website! Check out our link in bio to explore our exhibitions and displays online such just like this! Also keep updated on our monthly object in focus ๐Ÿ”ฅ

Weโ€™re very excited to be part of  @norfolkhods @heritageopendays #newwave events this year! Illustrator and printmaker @...
28/08/2021

Weโ€™re very excited to be part of @norfolkhods @heritageopendays #newwave events this year! Illustrator and printmaker @tricia.mercer.david will be hosting a workshop where youโ€™ll learn about traditional textile crafts from South Asia and get nice and inky making your own! ๐ŸŽจ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿพโ€๐ŸŽจ This will be a great safe space to discuss issues surrounding sustainability and fast fashion โœจ
This event is aimed at New Wave audience of young people: 18-34

This Rahi or palanquin was used for weddings by the Santa community of a small village in Jharkhand, Eastern India. We l...
27/08/2021

This Rahi or palanquin was used for weddings by the Santa community of a small village in Jharkhand, Eastern India. We love the beautiful illustrations carved into the wood. look closely and you can see the terms of hire inscribed in the inside panel!
Pieces such as these are so valuable and interesting as they provide a beautiful and detailed glimpse into culture and the meaning of an object when used by a community!

A close up showing the intricate details of a domestic plate - swipe for full image! This glazed ceramic bears a floral ...
20/08/2021

A close up showing the intricate details of a domestic plate - swipe for full image!
This glazed ceramic bears a floral pattern on the rim. In the centre there are palanquin bearers who are possibly carrying a shrine.
This piece is from Lamphun, Thailand in the late 20th century.

look at this beautiful stone bracket. The vibrant painted peacock has an ear of corn in its mouth. This architectural fe...
11/08/2021

look at this beautiful stone bracket. The vibrant painted peacock has an ear of corn in its mouth. This architectural feature would have been inserted into a wall ๐Ÿฆš๐Ÿฆš๐Ÿฆš

look at this beautiful stone bracket. The vibrant painted peacock has an ear of corn in its mouth. This architectural feature would have been inserted into a wall ๐Ÿฆš๐Ÿฆš๐Ÿฆš

๐Ÿ’ monkey mask! ๐Ÿ’ This papier mache mask is used for dance performances and is painted in the patachitra style with pigme...
04/08/2021

๐Ÿ’ monkey mask! ๐Ÿ’
This papier mache mask is used for dance performances and is painted in the patachitra style with pigment from seashells and local rocks. It is from 21st century Odisha, India ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ

๐Ÿ’ monkey mask! ๐Ÿ’
This papier mache mask is used for dance performances and is painted in the patachitra style with pigment from seashells and local rocks. It is from 21st century Odisha, India ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ

Object in Focus! ๐Ÿ”ฅ2 miniature paintings, 2 artists, 3 centuries apart. Pictured first is โ€˜Sitarโ€™ by Ramesh Sharma, 2004....
02/08/2021

Object in Focus! ๐Ÿ”ฅ
2 miniature paintings, 2 artists, 3 centuries apart.

Pictured first is โ€˜Sitarโ€™ by Ramesh Sharma, 2004. Recognised as one of the best miniature painters of his time, Sharma is a master painter and taught generations of artists through traditional methods. This gouache painting is just 26x17cm but Sharma still packs his work with skilful and intricate detail ๐ŸŽจ

Second is a miniature painting by Rama Misra, created around 1692. This work depicts 5 Hindu Gods, the inscription comes from Ashvanedha Parva, the 14th book of the Sanskrit epic the Mahabharata. ๐Ÿ“–

Find both of these beautiful works at the museum now! ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ

This beautiful hand carved teakwood spinning wheel would have been used to wind bobbins for weaving fabrics! ๐Ÿชก๐Ÿงต๐Ÿงถ
31/07/2021

This beautiful hand carved teakwood spinning wheel would have been used to wind bobbins for weaving fabrics! ๐Ÿชก๐Ÿงต๐Ÿงถ

We love this set of Ganjifa cards! Presented in a beautiful box and painted with flowers, figures and patterns. ๐ŸŽจ๐Ÿƒ๐ŸŒธ Trad...
21/07/2021

We love this set of Ganjifa cards! Presented in a beautiful box and painted with flowers, figures and patterns. ๐ŸŽจ๐Ÿƒ๐ŸŒธ Traditionally hand painted by artisans, the origins of this game are believed to lie in Persia. This game became popular at the Mughal court in the 16th century. This set is from 20th century India.

Look at this amazing wooden carving of the ancient Chinese philosopher and writer Lao Tse โœ๏ธ He was the reputed author o...
19/07/2021

Look at this amazing wooden carving of the ancient Chinese philosopher and writer Lao Tse โœ๏ธ He was the reputed author of Tao Te Ching, the foundational text of Toaism. This is probably made from Chamcha wood - a type of acacia from 20th century Thailand

A pair of colourful wooden horses on wheels! ๐ŸดThese are part of a tradition of horses in Hindu iconography. in particula...
12/07/2021

A pair of colourful wooden horses on wheels! ๐Ÿด
These are part of a tradition of horses in Hindu iconography. in particular, the Rajasthani folk deity, Ramdev Pir, who is always depicted on horseback. Ramdev Pir was a 14th century ruler of Rajasthan who devoted his life to helping the downtrodden and poor in society.

We love the details and character on this lost wax casting! It shows a seated figure, covered in jewellery cutting up a ...
28/06/2021

We love the details and character on this lost wax casting! It shows a seated figure, covered in jewellery cutting up a melon ๐Ÿ‰๐Ÿˆ

Did you know lost wax casting is a practice more than 5,000 years old? Today this method is still used as it produces such highly detailed sculptures โœจ

We love the details and character on this lost wax casting! It shows a seated figure, covered in jewellery cutting up a melon ๐Ÿ‰๐Ÿˆ

Did you know lost wax casting is a practice more than 5,000 years old? Today this method is still used as it produces such highly detailed sculptures โœจ

Great objects arenโ€™t just in museums, sometime they are Out There.  You can discover them at great new website mapping t...
26/03/2021

Great objects arenโ€™t just in museums, sometime they are Out There. You can discover them at great new website mapping the heritage, stories and crafts of the everyday furniture of India. https://vernacularfurnitureofindia.com
Itโ€™s just one result from 6 year research project with our dedicated, and passionate partners @DICRC_CEPT_Uni Ahmedabad, recording, celebrating and championing a very special part of Indiaโ€™s heritage.

Great objects arenโ€™t just in museums, sometime they are Out There. You can discover them at great new website mapping the heritage, stories and crafts of the everyday furniture of India. https://vernacularfurnitureofindia.com
Itโ€™s just one result from 6 year research project with our dedicated, and passionate partners @DICRC_CEPT_Uni Ahmedabad, recording, celebrating and championing a very special part of Indiaโ€™s heritage.

Art and Life is now available to view online, featuring international scholars exploring the story and sketchbooks of th...
29/01/2021

Art and Life is now available to view online, featuring international scholars exploring the story and sketchbooks of the Gwillim Sisters. In 1801 the sisters travelled to Madras and began painting and sketching the world around them โ€“ the people, street scenes, landscapes and birds - giving us a special glimpse of a place and time through their eyes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ys-QMlZB7fc
#PMCsupports #womeninhistory

Art and Life is now available to view online, featuring international scholars exploring the story and sketchbooks of the Gwillim Sisters. In 1801 the sisters travelled to Madras and began painting and sketching the world around them โ€“ the people, street scenes, landscapes and birds - giving us a special glimpse of a place and time through their eyes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ys-QMlZB7fc
#PMCsupports #womeninhistory

We have refreshed our online exhibition Beyond the Villages, it features new details from our scroll paintings by Anil C...
19/01/2021

We have refreshed our online exhibition Beyond the Villages, it features new details from our scroll paintings by Anil Chitraker. https://thesouthasiacollection.co.uk/exhibitions/beyond-the-villages-2

Scroll painters traditionally made a living by travelling to villages and narrating poetry, illustrating the story by gradually un-rolling the scroll, scene by scene. Anil Chitraker lives in Amadubi Village in rural Jharkhand. He worries that the tradition is dying out, and that he may be one of the last generations of this wonderful tradition of art and storytelling.

We have refreshed our online exhibition Beyond the Villages, it features new details from our scroll paintings by Anil Chitraker. https://thesouthasiacollection.co.uk/exhibitions/beyond-the-villages-2

Scroll painters traditionally made a living by travelling to villages and narrating poetry, illustrating the story by gradually un-rolling the scroll, scene by scene. Anil Chitraker lives in Amadubi Village in rural Jharkhand. He worries that the tradition is dying out, and that he may be one of the last generations of this wonderful tradition of art and storytelling.

Following government guidelines, we have temporarily closed our doors, but it wonโ€™t be forever. We will carry on sharing...
24/12/2020

Following government guidelines, we have temporarily closed our doors, but it wonโ€™t be forever. We will carry on sharing our wonderful collection online and working behind the scenes on new displays.
Stay safe and we wish you all a Happy Christmas Holiday and brighter New Year.

Puppet, from Jaipur, Rajasthan, India, 20th century

Our object of the month is a dablo: a secure container used by the Kathi community of south-west Gujarat to store food, ...
11/12/2020

Our object of the month is a dablo: a secure container used by the Kathi community of south-west Gujarat to store food, money or jewellery. It was made by hammering and folding brass sheets โ€“ look closely and you can see the hammer marks.
A large dablo, like this one, would be used to store a bride-to-beโ€™s possessions as she moved to her new home. To keep it safe it could be dropped down a well and pulled out later, using the brass rings.

You can see it in our new exhibition space which celebrates the traditional everyday furniture of Gujarat.



Dablo (container), Gujarat. 20st century.

Our object of the month is a richly decorated Jain temple hanging from Gujarat. It has been made using a form of embroid...
23/11/2020

Our object of the month is a richly decorated Jain temple hanging from Gujarat. It has been made using a form of embroidery called zardosi work. A velvet cloth has been densely stitched with gold and silver threads, and embellished with sequins.
At the heart of the hanging is a Jain yantra: a circular diagram to help devotees focus their mediations.
At the top are Surya the sun god, and Chandra the moon god, whose chariot is drawn by an antelope. Near the bottom are two popular yaksha (Jain deities): Manibhadra, the protector, riding Airavata, the king-god of elephants, and Cakreล›vari the goddess of teaching, riding a golden lion.

Happy Diwali! Today is the central and most celebrated day of the Diwali festival: Lakshmi Puja. Diwali is known as the ...
14/11/2020

Happy Diwali!
Today is the central and most celebrated day of the Diwali festival: Lakshmi Puja.
Diwali is known as the 'festival of lights' because lit oil lamps are placed in rows on windows and in doorways. They are believed to guide Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, success and purity, into homes to bring prosperity and good fortune.
This is one of our favourite lamps from our collection. The lion or tiger carries a lotus on its back - a flower associated with Lakshmi. By turning the base of the lotus the petals open wide revealing the lamp bowl.

Free online event: Art and Life  In 1801 the two Gwillim sisters travelled to Madras (now Chennai) where they painted th...
12/11/2020

Free online event: Art and Life
In 1801 the two Gwillim sisters travelled to Madras (now Chennai) where they painted the world around them. The paintings โ€“ yet to be published โ€“ are incredible and tell and amazing story. Join us for a free online talk by Collection Curator Dr. Ben Cartwright, taking a closer look at their work and life, next week on 17 November, at
14.00 (GMT)
#PMCsupports
To Register in advance for this webinar:
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_PK_qaUhqTz2GqDnrBFqUdA

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the team had a bit of fun this morning arranging and photographing some of the collection! ๐Ÿ“ธ These hand painted animals from Bassi, India are placed in front of a julla on the birthday of Krishna or the Jhulan Yatra Swing Festival ๐Ÿ‡๐Ÿ˜๐ŸŸ๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ„
We have a brand new display case up about Thai ceramics from our collection๐Ÿบ Here are some stoneware plates with beautiful illustrated narratives. The case has even more so come into have a look! โœจ
Happy Diwali to those who celebrate! We hope you had a wonderful day yesterday and continue to enjoy the rest of the festival ๐Ÿช”โœจ๐ŸŽ‰ Translating to โ€˜rows of lighted lampsโ€™ Diwali is the triumph of light over dark and good over evil. It marks the start of the Hindu new year. Lakshmi is believed to enter home and bless people with good fortune. Oil lamps called diyas ๐Ÿช” are lit as well as candles and lights. Families exchange gifts and gather ti celebrate. Tango li is also used in the festivities, drawn in coloured rice and sand in front of doorways to welcome the gods and bring good luck!
Itโ€™s nearly Diwali! ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽŠ For many, this festival honours the Hindu goddess of wealth, prosperity and good fortune, Lakshmi. On diwali, she visits her devotees and bestows gifts and blessings upon each of them. Diwali is also known as the festival of light โœจ these lights help Lakshmi find her way into peoples homes ๐ŸŒธ
We're excited to show you our new Object in Focus: Mata-ni-Pachedi - https://mailchi.mp/bd2a4c54ce78/object-of-the-month-4381109 Tap to find out more!
Look at these beautiful figures of Ganesh - remover of obstacles and god of new beginnings ๐Ÿ˜ Both figures have a left facing trunk, symbolic of feminine energy, this icon is believed to represent the calming aspect of Ganesh and is preferred for placement in homes to invoke peace. Swipe to see Ganeshโ€™s vehicle (vahana) which is a rat! Rats nibble away at ropes that bind, thus this symbolises Ganeshโ€™s ability to overcome anything he wants ๐Ÿ€
If youโ€™re wandering through our museum, be sure to look up. Youโ€™ll see loads of amazing things such as this colossal Chabutro (bird feeder). Feeding birds, particularly pigeons is considered an auspicious activity. ๐Ÿฆ Chabutros are examples of incredible craftsmanship. This one has motifs of flowers foliage and birds ๐ŸŒบ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿฆœ This bird feeder is a replica of what you may find in some districts of Ahmedabad, believe it or not, some are double the height of this! ๐Ÿ•Š
We love the details on this beautiful cabinet. It is painted in the Nathdwara style which we can tell from the large eyes of the characters ๐Ÿ‘€ The story of Sri Nathji, a representation of Lord Krishna is depicted here. This type of artwork is usually seen in devotional pichwai paintings on cloth ๐ŸŽจ
Look at the beautiful paintwork on this bhandra almirah (temple cupboard). It originates from north west India, probably Gujarat. Almirahs are used to store ritual items used in ceremonies and clothing for dressing temple deities.
This beautiful block printed mata ni pachedi depicts the mother goddess Durga riding a black nandi. She holds a sword and spear in left hands and bottles i right hands. Musicians, dancers and warriors decorate the side panels ๐ŸŽบ๐Ÿ—ก It is part of our recent display Making a Mark which coincided with our Heritage Open Days workshop. This display explores traditional printing methods for South Asia and challenges us to think about our own choices as consumers.
We loved seeing the individual works you made as well as the big collab piece!
We loved seeing the teamwork and collaboration in our workshop last week run by Tricia Mercer-David for @norfolkhods @heritageopendays It was great seeing groups learn from each other, build confidence and how the different groups works informed others! The team here have all learned lots from you too ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ