Collection of antiques is something many of us have indulged in. But collecting artefacts from across the globe will just seem like a dream. One man who managed to fulfill this dream was Nawab Mir Yousuf Khan, popularly known as Salar Jung III. Located on the southern bank of the river Musi, Salar Jung Museum is popularly known for its one of largest one-man collections of the world. Famous for being the third largest museum in the country, the museum boasts of having the largest antiques collection.
Artefacts dating back to the first century can be found here. With a collection of close to 43000 art objects, 9000 manuscripts and 47000 printed books, Salar Jung Museum promises a rich experience to all its visitors. The museum has 38 galleries which are spread in 2 floors. The collection in the museum consists of Indian Art, Far Eastern Art, European Art, Children Art, Middle Eastern Art, as well as Founders gallery and rare manuscript sections. After visiting this paradise for the connoisseurs of arts, we have put together our favourite artifacts just to give you, our readers a virtual tour to the museum that is indeed a royal treat to the eyes!
Address : Salarjung Jung Museum, Darul-Shifa, Hyderabad. Contact : 040 – 24576443
The clock room is one of the best galleries displaying more than 300 clocks in various sizes ranging from Sandiers to modern day huge pieces.
This breathtaking Porcelean Vase is situated in the founders gallery at the museum. It was produced by the Coalport Factory in 1897 to mark the Diamond Jubilee Anniversary of Queen Victoria. It is one of the 50 rarest pieces produced ever.
At the Salarjung Museum, there is a depiction of Middle East as well with its glassware and ceramic items. A few most loved objects from this section include the Chandeliers in a variety of shapes, sizes and colours.
The most intriguing treasure in the collection is the wooden statue of ‘Mephistopheles and Margaretta’ representing evil and good. From a single log of sycamore wood the sculptor has carved two distinct images on either side. The male image is clad in a hooded cloak, heeled boots and has a long gaunt face with a cynical smile, while Margaretta is shown as a shy, simple girl with a prayer book in one hand and downcast eyes, lost in love.
A bewildering variety and array of clocks greets the visitor in the clock room. There are ancient sundials in the form of obelisks to huge and modern clocks of the twentieth century. The variety includes the Bird cage clocks, Bracket clocks, Grandfather clocks, Skeleton clocks, etc. The museum is also having some good examples of the clocks of the contemporary period of Louis XV, Louis XVI, and Napolean 1st of France.
The marble sculptures in the museum are sizable in number though majority of them are garden figures being copies of Greek mythological sculptures done by the famous artists.
Beware! The hunter on the horse from Europe is here. This bronze sculpture is from the 19th century made by Waagen
The below painting is that of a water carrier girl painted by J Dorna on canvas with oil! It is an Italian painting from the 20th century.
These are the paintings present along with other European artifacts at the museum. The above one is an oil painting on a key hole shaped wooden panel. It is a French painting that was painted in the 19th century.
This lovely showcase is full of tiny aretifacts, sculptures and statues from Europe. They are all made of brass. A few of them include the dancing girl, duel battle scene, cupit with quiver etc.
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location: Salar Jung Museum
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