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Bol De Petit-Déjeuner (French) Breakfast Bowl

Made in Italy


“Used everyday for morning coffee with milk or morning hot chocolate and brought to Ireland from France in early 1980’s. It’s the only surviving piece from a set I bought during a road trip in 1983.”


On loan from

Frédérique Rantz


Keepsake Box

Exact Origin Unknown

Sierra Leone


“Made of wood covered in leather and woven raffia it has been in the family for at least 49 years and has travelled from Freetown Sierra Leone, to Las Palmas Gran Canaria, Aberdeen Scotland, & finally to Dublin.”


On loan from

Nora Garvie


Drafting Brush

Made in U.S.A.


“Made of wood and horse hair it was used for cleaning pencil dust off cartridge paper drawings by my father when he worked for Austin, Field & Fry Engineering in 3rd & Alvarado, Los Angeles, U.S.A. in the 1950’s.”


On loan from

Laragh Pittman


گلاس (Sindhi)

Silver Glass

Made in Sindh, Pakistan 


“Gifted by my grandmother at my birth it has been carried to every countryI have lived in. It is silver and we people are like water who try and mix with everyone. We are neutral and fluid, fitting in, flowing freely, some calm and contained, some fierce and strong like a mountain waterfall.”


On loan from

Shanaya Ahmad


तकिए का गिलाफ़ (Hindi)

Cushion Cover

Made in Rajasthan 


“Bought cheaply in Janpath, New Delhi it’s been with me for 25 years, travelled through different countries, and cities within India; memories of parties, children growing up, adding class to my living rooms over time; faded now but I cling to it.”


On loan from

Nita Mishra


孙悟空 (Mandarin)

Monkey King Sun Wu Kong

Made in China



“Bought by my Irish husband in the Forbidden City souvenir shop Beijing, this figurine from ancient legends and the C16th novel Journey to the West (西游记) is also a Japanese TV series dubbed in English, popular in Ireland.”


On loan from

Tian Yu Lloyd


Corazón Del Tiempo (Spanish) Heart of Time

Made in Chiapas Mexico



“I lived with the indigenous Mayan people in southern Mexico and worked on this film production about their lives and the struggle of the armed Zapatista movement to preserve their land, traditions and human rights.”


On loan from

Ana L Hernandez Martinez


أهرامات الجيزة (Arabic)

The pyramids at Giza

Made in Egypt


“I think most Egyptians living in Ireland like to bring pharaonic stuff as we are proud of our old civilisation and we want our children to know about it. I bought it in Khan el-Khalili Souk خان الخليلي Cairo an amazing place and very old.”


On loan from

Mona Abdelfattah


جرة  المماء (Arabic)

Water Jar

Made in Algeria

“Bought in Jijel on the Mediterranean this design goes back hundreds maybe thousands of years. Made of clay I bought it to keep water cool and naturally filtered. The jar is traditionally coated at the rim with natural tar القطران to stop insects going inside.”


On loan from

Najet Kadri 


مبخرة (Arabic)

Incense Burner

Made in India


“I bought this in Ireland because the pyramid shape always reminds me of Egypt. The scent of عود Ouad or Agarwood burning is the smell of home and cleansing the house before Friday prayers and the family gathering.”


On loan from

Hanan Amer


نجيب محفوظ كفاح طيبة (Arabic) Naguib Mahfouz

The Struggle of Thebes 



“Last summer my dad bought it for me from the legendary library of Alexandria. It reminds me of my school days when we studied this book by the Nobel prize winning author. It tells the ancient story of the Pharaoh Ahmos setting Egypt free.”



On loan from

Niera Belacy


إبريق القهوة (Arabic)

Coffee Pot

Made in the Arabian Peninsular


“A design typical of the nomadic Bedouin people of the desert. Donated to the Women’s Group at South Circular Road Mosque it is symbolic of the hospitality extended to all women at the regular Wednesday coffee mornings.”


On loan from

Amal Women’s Association


قلادة (Arabic)


exact origin unknown



“ Bought from a small store in the Al Jadeeda area of Baghdad. The necklace is a special thing because it was posted to me from my beloved sister who lives far away in my homeland. The metal coins show the queen of England despite coming from an Arabic country.”


On loan from

Kitman Abu Shukr



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