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South Asia Indian Subcontinent


Glasgow Museums has a collection of 3,234 objects from South Asia and the Indian Subcontinent. These date from 1873 to 2006. This collection includes textiles, costume, furniture, furnishings, jewellery, decorative ornaments, domestic items and musical instruments. It also holds armour, weapons, religious figurines, ritual objects, antiquities and archaeological material. The collection incorporates the 1897 John Innes Wright collections from Nepal and Darjeeling, which include utilitarian material of social and historical importance. In addition, it encompasses the 1929 John Boyd collection of Eastern Deities, which forms a distinct group that includes deity figures from the whole of Asia and the Far East. Of particular importance is the material from the 1886 Colonial and Indian Exhibition and the 1888 Glasgow International Exhibition, which is representative of the finest quality goods of the era made in South Asia. Examples selected by the municipality represent the best craftsmanship of Kashmir, Punjab and Madras. Unique to Glasgow Museums is a complete Rongmei Naga dance costume made specially for Glasgow Museums in 1983 by the Naga weaver Ajin Alodi Kamei. Other contemporary items include Pepita Seth’s 1996 photographic record of the dancers of Kerala Rabindra, and Amrit Singh 2002 watercolour, ‘Mr Singh’s India’, depicting British Sikh life in Glasgow.

Broader term

World Cultures

Narrower term


Central India


Northern India


Southern India

Sri Lanka


Staff Contact

Patricia Allan

Key Objects

Key Objects