Thursday, June 9, 2011

Baroda Museum & Picture Gallery

Baroda Museum & Picture Gallery

Baroda Museum, Gujarat TourismLocated in the popular Sayaji Bagh, the museum houses a collection which belonged to the former maharaja Sayaji Rao Gaekwad. Indian rulers during the Raj often collected all kinds of European art and other knick knacks.

Largely being the personal collection of the maharaja, the exhibits span across centuries and continents, as well as diverse art forms. There are Greek and Roman sculpture with European paintings of earlier periods. Asian section has items from Burma, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, China and Japan made of wood, ivory, bronze and pottery.

The Indian art section is a line collection of ancient objects. There is a bronze jar circa 2nd century AD, perhaps associated with the Graeco-Roman trading with India around Gujarat in pre historic times. There are painted manuscripts from Rajasthan school, a Ragamala series and family portraits.

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