Door of a Merchant's House - ROM2016_15386_1


Door of a Merchant's House

Medium:Carved teak
Geography: Dabhoi, Gujarat, India
Date: 18th century (with modifications c. 1886)
Period: Colonial period
275 x 35 x 230 x 35 cm
Object number: 927.53.45.1
Credit Line: Gift of the Imperial Institute
On view
Gallery Location:Sir Christopher Ondaatje South Asian Gallery
DescriptionThis large wooden door was excavated in the town of Dabhoi, Gujarat and send for display in the 1884 Calcutta International Exhibition by the Maharaja of Baroda. It was subsequently displayed in the 1886 Colonial and Indian Exhibition in London from where it was acquired into the collection of the Imperial Institute. It was gifted to the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, Canada in 1927. This story of the door's movement from western India to Toronto, Canada highlights the circulation of objects across the British Empire. At the top of the door, one can find a kneeling figure of Garuda, Vishnu's vehicle, and a seated figure of crowned Ganesh. Flanking the door panels at the base are mythological animals called "makaras" that approximate crocodiles and symbolize the auspicious confluence of the holy rivers of Ganges and Yamuna.
South Asia
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