Asia

China

The collection contains a wide range of objects from various periods of Chinese history from the sixteenth century onwards. It includes personal and domestic items, weapons, musical instruments, textiles and items made for export to the West in the nineteenth century. Of particular note are the 17th century Kang Xi period fire screen and a pair of Sino-Tibetan metal bodhisattva figures.

South and East Asia

The South Asia and South East Asia collection contains items from Pakistan, India (including the Andaman Islands), Sri Lanka, Burma, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and Thailand. The collection contains a wide range of material including paintings, carvings, weapons, figurines and religious items, including marble Buddhas from Burma (Myanmar).

Japan

The collection contains Japanese items from the 16th century onwards. It includes armour, swords and sword fittings, lances and other military items, ceramics, inro, lacquer work, netsuke, printed items, wood carvings, equestrian items and costume. The majority of the items in this collection were gifted by George Rodgers Macdougall (1843-1917), an important figure in the development of the Museum and in the cultural development of the Inverclyde area. The collection contains within it several smaller collections such as the netsuke, inro and tsuba collections.

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Miniature sculpture of a temple in pith, probably made at Thanjavur or Tiruchirapalli in Tamil Nadu, India in the 19th century - 1987.278 - ©McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock. Small brass weights in the form of birds made in Myanmar in the 19th century. They were commonly called 'opium weights' - 1987.92 - ©McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock. A 19th century Japanese inro with ojime and silver cup. Such inro were commonly used to carry herbs and medicines - 1981.53 - ©McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock. Dhow rigged Bombay yacht. This model was made around 1883, probably at Mumbai, India - 1987.199 -
 ©McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock. 17th century Japanese woodblock print showing the god Daikoku with a courtesan by Hishikawa Moronobu (1618-1694) - 1977.910 - ©McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock. One of a series of watercolour paintings on sheets of mica. It was probably painted at Tiruchirappalli, India around 1880 - 1976.25.4 - ©McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock. Japanese 18th century ivory netsuke in the form of a Takarabune or treasure ship of the Seven Gods of Happiness - 1981.28 - ©McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock. Chinese hat, late 19th or early 20th century, of the type known as Guangmao used by an officer of the fourth grade in the Imperial Service - 2010.23.1 -
 ©McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock. This spirit head is from Myanmar. It is 19th century in date and is based on a skull of a Sitka deer decorated with gesso, pigment and a pair of white metal ears. - 1981.447 - ©McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock. A pair of 18th century Japanese stirrups or abumi decorated with sculptured fish in gold and silver with a red lacquered foot plate. - 1981.250 -
 ©McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock Woodblock printed 19th century map of Yokohama Harbour, Japan.- 1987.210  - ©McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock. Late Edo or early Meiji period Japanese porcelain figure of the god Jurojin, representing wisdom and longevity. - 1981.202 - ©McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock 19th century Japanese fan made from wood, lacquer, paper and paint. - 1981.41 - © McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock A nineteenth century carved wooden figure of the Japanese deity Ebisu. - 1981.162 - © McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock Meiji period Japanese incense burner by Komai of Kioto. - 1981.192 - © McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock Japanese tea ceremony set box in lacquered wood. The box is in the form of a folded kimono decorated with a  fence with a parasol. The interior is in nashiji lacquer. - 1981.194 - © McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock 19th sculpture from Kolkata, India of the goddess Durga slaying the demon Mahishasura. Made of clay, paint, wood and metal foil. - 1981.1241 - © McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock 19th century gilded wooden figure of Buddha from Myanmar (Burma). The figure is seated on a double lotus throne in lalitasana. - 1981.299 - © McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock 19th century carved wooden female figure from Myanmar (Burma). - 1981.393 - © McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock 17th century Japanese helmet or kabuto of the reiseizen bachi type made of twelve plates with a tehen kanemono and fukigayeshi. - 1981.220 - © McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock 17th century Japanese Buddhist nyōhachi by Muneharu. - 1981.236 - © McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock Watch stand in the form of an Indian archway made from wood and ivory. Late 19th or early 20th century. - 1981.407 - © McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock 19th century Japanese porcelain vase decorated with images of the Shichi Fukujin or Seven Gods of Happiness. - 1981.271 - © McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock Illustration from a nineteenth century Japanese woodblock book. - 1981.244 - © McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock A 19th century writing set, probably made at Vizagapatnam, India. Made from wood, ivory and mica. - 1993.23 - © McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock A carved marble seated figure of a Shakyamuni Buddha, probably 19th century, from Myanmar. The figure is seated in vajrasana, his right hand in bhumisparshamudra. - 1981.1244 - © McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock 19th century ceramic and enamel figure of the god Ebisu riding the Red Tai fish. Made at Aivata near Kyoto by an unknown ceramicist. - 1981.1412 - © McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock Japanese single case porcelain inro with ojime and netsuke made between 1750 and 1820 by Kenzan (1750-1820). - 1981.46 - © McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock