Krishna Postcard - By John M.
An exotic ritual setting in a remote part of India. The mystical musical tribesman is seen in all his splendour. He seems to possess a great power and has a hypnotic effect upon the majestic display of great beauty and time which is being performed. Depicted are some of the country’s native animals who seem to be in harmony with their human counterparts.
Indian tiger tooth - By Jamie E.
This was confiscated by customs in 1985. Somebody was trying to smuggle it through. I hate people being cruel to animals. Tigers deserve to be protected not hunted. It’s wrong to kill animals for their teeth or tusks. It's against the law but people still do it to this day.
Wooden male Figure - By Jake M.
This really reminds me of my local shopkeeper up in Lambhill. He was a Pakistani guy called Mr Ali, a really good guy who always give you tick if you needed it. It was quite trusting of him. Everyone always paid him back. And it meant even if you were really skint you could always get a loaf and a pint of milk.
Carved Elephant Ivory - By Andy C and Stevie McC.
I think it’s quite ironic that they chose to carve an elephant out of ivory, the very cause of the elephant’s demise. The ivory trade was massive in Asia and Africa, selling as far afield as America. The practice almost wiped out the elephant. This is an iconic piece, symbolising Indian culture and tourism. It was seized by customs officers and donated to Glasgow Museums.
Historic Bookstand - By Andy C and Andy D.
I like to think that this beautiful old bookstand was discovered in an Indian market by an English gentleman who brought it back so it could be enjoyed by different generations. It is hand-painted with a floral design and lacquered finish. Acquired by Glasgow Museums way back in 1889, it originates from South Asia, possibly India.
Tiger Toy - By Peter L
This cute little tiger wood toy was hand-made. Perhaps it was created by a poor but talented Indian child desperate to raise some money for their family.
Maybe it was part of a set of wooden animal toys sold to tourists from the child’s stall. Somehow the tiger toy ended up in Glasgow in 1995. It’s now part of the city’s permanent World Cultures collection.
Lacquered Bedstand - By Paul M.
This item is a Charpoy bed leg from India dated 1883. First impressions would suggest its metal although it’s actually wooden. The decorative pattern is very intricate and consists of tin, foil and lacquer. The leg was made in the Rajputana region in Bikanar, India.
Sri Lankan Peacock Mask - By Andy D.
This peacock mask was used as part of healing rituals, to help ward off evil spirits. It actually looks like the head of a totem pole and stands out from the other items in our display because of the beautiful colours. This would look great on my mantelpiece at home. To me it represents respect, the idea of treating people equally. I believe if you show someone respect they'll show you respect in return.