1. Kali and Shiva
Purchased by Frederick Horniman himself on a tour of India in 1894, this papier mâché statue depicts Kali (Goddess of death and destruction) dancing on Shiva (God of destruction). According to Hindu mythology, Kali was asked to kill a monster that was destroying the world. Annoyingly, every time the monster was wounded, 1,000 demons would spring from each drop of blood, which was slightly inconvenient, but Kali simply swallowed the monster in one gulp. Unfortunately, she then started a victory dance so intense that it triggered earthquakes and tsunamis, endangering the people of Earth and essentially causing more trouble than the monster. Eventually Shiva managed to calm her down by lying on the floor (figure that one out) and the world was saved. Happy days.
Find them in the Centenary Gallery