From here and there

From here and there

Artefacts from a bygone era

Most of the objects displayed belong to the period between 12th and 15th century AD.

The museum has several objects that cover a wide range. Some of the big objects like decorated columns find a place outside the main museum. Interesting idols of Brahma, Trimurti, Mahisasuramardhini, Nataraja in his dancing pose, Kartikeya, the venerated idol of Ganesha and Shiva all find a place here. Another interesting group of exhibits pertain to beautiful objects such as madanika, salabhanjika, male and female chauri bearers, and panels depicting scenes from Ramayana, most of them labelled as belonging to the 12-13 century AD. Ordinary objects and scenes didn’t escape the attention of the artisans and those who commissioned these works of art.

Some of these are a beautifully carved lotus medallion, royal caravan, figure of mother and child, woman looking at a mirror, battle scene, and a musician playing his instrument. An important archaeological find is the viragallu (hero stone) praising the achievement of a dignitary, which served as a memorial to the hero. There are stone edicts carved in Kannada-Telugu script of the 12-13 century AD period. Exhibits of coins, pottery objects, guns and armoury are interesting. The Muslim influence is evident in the inscriptions in Arabic and Persian belonging to the 15 century AD.

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