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Wheat grain carving

From the temple complex of Ise Jingū. The deities are likely representations of Shinto gods Daikokuten, and Ebisu. They are often seen together as the deities of bountiful harvests. Made...

Carved figure

This carving is of a colonial officer. He is shown seated and wearing formal clothing appropriate to the role. His hat and glasses are detachable. The figure combines a traditional...

Wood carving

This 19th century carving depicts the spirit of a mountain deer. The belief in nats, or nature spirits, dates back to the 11th century. Nat simply means ‘lord’ and different...

Carving in the form of an angel

This small seated angel is plucking a lute with its long delicate fingers. It was discovered in 1831 with several other alabaster panels concealed under the floor of a farmhouse....

Carving

This wooden shrine is carved in the shape of a gourd. Krishna is depicted playing a flute and is wearing a peacock head-dress. He is accompanied by two cowherders (gopis)....

Carving from a tomb

This stone skull was once part of a monument or memorial in St Leonard’s church, Exeter. The skull is a momento mori, it reminds us that we will all die...

Gandau

This is a gandau or ancestor figure. The Kalasha people who made it believe that inanimate objects such as trees or stones have souls very much like our own. Gandau...