Kachchh Museum

Kachchh Museum

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Introduction

Although British Interference into the internal affairs of Kachchh administration had started in the beginning of the 19th century but it was the reign of Khengarji III (1876-1942) which was marked with many historical events.


Khengarji III a noted sportsman, naturalist and ornithologist was deeply interested in the art, culture and even in the wildlife and behaviour of Fauna. He extended his support in establishing an art School to encourage Ancient Arts, handicrafts and traditional Industries.


A Museum was created as a part of the School of Art which was started on July 1st 1877 under the Principalship of one Mr. J D Esperance as his signature has been found on some papers related with Museum exhibits. This indicates that JD was not only looking after the Museum but also the Art School as its Principal. Thus, the birth date of this Museum can be accepted as 1877 making it the first and the oldest Museum of Gujarat. The birth of a Museum at Bhuj during the reign of Khengarji III is a milestone in the History of the Museum movement in Gujarat. When the Museum came into existence it was named as Fergusson Museum after Sir James Fergusson 6th Baronet (14th March 1832 to 14th January 1907) a British soldier, conservative politician and the Colonial administrator who laid the foundation stone of the present building on 14th November 1884. The building which was planned by Mr. Mc Lelland the then state Engineer was constructed at the cost of Rs. 32,000 and is built on sandstone which is located diagonally opposite the Hammirsar Lake.


Collection

Kachchh Museum, Bhuj is basically an Art and Archaeological Museum. Divide into two floors the ground and the first the Museum showcases the Art and Archaeology of Kachchh district.


The ground floor of the Museum is dedicated to Archaeology of Kachchh which is an area worthy of interest both for the archaeologists and the Historians. The History of Kachchh goes back to the Jurassic period of which very little is known to us. So many pre historic Archaeological sites have been discovered so far and Dholavira is noted amongst them. Museum has objects related to the Proto History belonging to the Indus valley civilization. Few original objects (seals) were procured by Kachchh Museum which is said to have been a find from Dholavira a small village in the eastern region of the Rann of Kachchh and of course an important and one of the biggest site of Indus valley civilization in India. It bears the impression of animal nicknamed unicorn and some signs of Indus script.

Kachchh is also very much noted for its Paliyas (Memorial stones or funeral slabs in heroes’ memory) which are scattered all over the district. The Museum also houses few Paliyas.

The other collection includes Dioramas, Textiles, Embroidery, Terracotta, Lacquer ware, Arms and Decorative art objects.

Additional Information

a. Address: Kachchh Museum Opposite Hamirsar Lake, Ghanshyam Nagar Bhuj, Gujarat - 370001
b. Museum Timings: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM (For visitors) Museum remains closed on every Wednesday and 16 National Holidays.


ADMISSION FEES

Rs.1 for Indian National
Rs.50 for Foreign visitors
Rs.100 for Photography (Mobile & Camera)
Rs.500 for Video Camera

Gallery

Lord Vishnu
Marble
14th Century CE

Chowri bearer
Marble,
14th century CE

Chowri bearer
Marble,
18th century CE

Death Stone – inscription written in 3 languages – Marathi, English and Hebrew.
Marble
19th Century CE

Buttons
Silver
20th Century CE

Hair Pin
Gold
20th Century CE

Locket
Gold
20th Century CE

Rosewater Sprinkler
Silver
20th Century CE

Tray
Silver
20th Century CE

A Pair of Fruit Dish / Bowl on a stand
Silver
20th Century CE

A Pair of Flower Vase
Silver
20th Century CE

A Pair of Vermillion box / Kankavati
Silver
20th Century CE

A Fruit Plate / Dish on Stand
Silver
20th Century CE

Sculpture of Goddess Paravati
Sandstone
10th Century CE

Jain Tirthankara – Parshvanath
Marble
Period – unknown

Seals (3 nos.)
Steatite
Harappan Period

Jain Tirthankara
Black Marble
20th Century CE

Standing Buddha
Bronze
6th – 7th Century CE

Coat of Arms
Sandstone
20th Century CE

Framed Yellow or light cream and red colour bandhani having diamond pattern
Textile – Silk
19th Century CE

Framed red and black colour bandhani
Textile – Silk
20th Century CE

Framed cream and red dotted pattern bandhani
Textile – Silk
20th Century CE

Framed cream and small sized dotted pattern bandhani
Textile – Silk
20th Century CE

Framed red , yellow and black colour bandhani with geometric shaped diamond pattern
Textile – Cotton and Silk
20th Century CE

Framed red colour bandhani with white dotted pattern having square shaped with alternated designs of bird, flower and rose with a leaf.
Textile – Cotton and Silk
20th Century CE

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