|Inside the Mercer Museum|
It was in his home in Delhi. He was a fairly wealthy man, his house was large and the extended family lived there. It even had a basement, a very unusual thing. Down there, he kept his collection. It was cool and dry. The grandmother gave us a guided tour. He had painstakingly typed every single notation on cards in front of each object. It's been 25 years since I've seen it but I can still remember some of the unusual objects. One tool pried open a coconut and was then used to scoop out the meat, safely without cutting one's hand. The tools for cleaning up elephants were many and varied. Made me wonder how elephants survive on their own out in the jungles.
|Cigar Store Indian|
What an education! I thought I knew a lot of history but there were many items I'd never heard of and many that impressed me with their sophistication and ingeniousness.
|Apple grinder and cider press|
|Sculpture across the street at the Michener Art Museum|