We had brilliant freelance photographer and filmmaker Louis in taking lovely new pics of the collection for us!
Earlier this week we had brilliant freelance photographer and film maker Louis in, taking lovely new pics of the collection for us!
This sculpture of the Buddha is actually made of papier mache! Earlier this week it was Bodhi Day: a celebration of the Buddhas enlightenment. This Burmese Buddha heads style is from the Shan period. The first Shan images of the Buddha date back to the 17th century (this particular one is from the 20th). Distinctive Shan features include triangular faces with a wide forehead and high arched eyebrows, narrowly opened eyes, a pointed nose, thin pursed lips, elongate earlobes and a short neck.
happy new year! here’s to a good one for all filled with kindness and joy 💕 this Jain Panel titled ‘Live and Let Live’ shows a cow and lion drinking from the same tub of water. The title reflects the Jain concept of ahimsa, which means ‘non-injury’.
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This low chair is an example of lacquer work found in the Chiniot
district of the Punjab.
The lac is applied in layers and
then the design is engraved by
scratching through the lac, creating
the different coloured patterns.
Look at this gorgeous Kalamkari from India. These types of textiles are paintings made straight into cotton. The flower motifs were made using a kalam (pen) and by using printing blocks. Swipe to see more of this beautiful tree filled with life 🌳🐯🐰🦌🐟
the team had a bit of fun this morning arranging and photographing some of the collection! 📸 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 🐇🐘🐟🐓🐄
We have a brand new display case up about Thai ceramics from our collection🏺 Here are some stoneware plates with beautiful illustrated narratives. The case has even more so come into have a look! ✨
Happy Diwali to those who celebrate! We hope you had a wonderful day yesterday and continue to enjoy the rest of the festival 🪔✨🎉
Translating to ‘rows of lighted lamps’ 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 🪔 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!
It’s nearly Diwali! 🎉🎊 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 ✨ these lights help Lakshmi find her way into peoples homes 🌸