Jewels on the CrescentMasterpieces of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya
SITUATED on the famous Crescent Site near the Gateway of India in Mumbai, is the landmark heritage building that houses the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya.
Designed in A.D. 1909, it filled the need for a quality museum in Western India, particularly to house artifacts excavated by Henry Cousens, a famous archaeologist and Superintendent of the Archaeological Survey at the time. The museum opened with the donation of antiquities from the Sir Ratan Tata and Sir Dorab J. Tata Collection. Today the collection includes important sculptures of elaborate Buddhist images, one of the most important collections of miniature paintings in the country and decorative arts such as textiles, jade, wood and ivory, among other mediums, which provide a glimpse of the inherent skills of the Indian craftsmen of the 18th and 19th centuries.
The Nepal and Tibet collection showcases essential features of Tantric Buddhism, including the 16th century image of Songtsen Gampo who is known to have established Buddhism in Tibet.
Behroze J. Bifimoria designed all publications of Marg for fifteen years till 1996. She is now a freelance designer.
Anand Udeshi, Still Life and Stock photographer email: email@example.com
The Collection Introduction
Section 2: PAINTING
Miniature Painting: Cloth Painting
Section 3: DECORATIVE ART
Arms and Armour
Section 4: HIMALAYAN REGION
Nepalese and Tibetan Art
|Number of illustrations
|9 x 12" (229 x 305 mm), hc
|Date of Publishing
|Mapin in association with Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya Sponsored by State Bank of India