1 High St, Elgin IV30 1EQ
The Moray Society Lecture Series: Winter 2016/17
A taste for Indian sculpture: India, Moray and Elgin Museum
A talk by Professor Roger Jeffery, University of Edinburgh and Friederike Voigt, Senior Curator, Middle East & South Asia, National Museums Scotland
7.30 pm, Friday 28th April, 2017
In Elgin Museum Hall: Doors open at 7.15 pm
Free entry – donations welcome!
From the late 18th century, the growing European scholarly interest in ancient India, its language and religion informed the collecting of Indian sculptures by Scots in the military and civil service of the Honourable East India Company. Learned societies at home were competing with each other to acquire Hindu and Buddhist sculptures for their own collections.
In this talk Roger Jeffery will provide a historical context to understand the people from Moray who went to India in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Where did they come from and what did they do in India? What kinds of effects did these people have on the land of their birth? Against the background of a wider interest in Indian sculpture at their time, Friederike Voigt will talk about the lives of two men, James William Grant and Dr James Taylor, who donated their Indian and Indonesian sculpture to Elgin Museum. She will also outline the work which has been undertaken since the transfer of these sculptures to National Museums Scotland.