Jewels on the Crescent Mapin Publishing

Jewels on the Crescent

Masterpieces of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya
Kalpana Desai

Formerly Prince of Wales Museum of Western India Contributions by B.V. Shetti, Manisha Nene Assisted by Vandana Prapanna

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.

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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.
It is one of the most exquisite examples of the Indo-Saracenic architectural style for which the architect, George Wittet is well known.

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.

Dr. Kalpana Desai has published her work on the Origin and Evolution of the Iconography of Vishnu. She has also published Treasures of the Heras Institute and has contributed to the publication of the Exhibition catalogues — Mriga, Animal in Indian Art as well as SkOnheten Spegel. Dr. Desai has written articles on diverse subjects like Miniature Paintings, Indo-Chinese Textiles and Indigenous Techniques of Navigation. She deciphered the sailors' manuals written by the Indian mariners and has co-authored a book - Maritime Heritage of India with S.V.Gorakshkar.

She has been the Director of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya since 1996.

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: adudeshi@vsnl.net

Foreword

The Museum

The Collection Introduction

Colour Plates
Section l
SCULPTURE

Terracotta:
Stone
Bronze

Section 2: PAINTING

Miniature Painting: Cloth Painting

Section 3: DECORATIVE ART

Textile
Ivory
Jade
Wood
Arms and Armour
Meta/ware

Section 4: HIMALAYAN REGION

Nepalese and Tibetan Art
ISBN 9788188204007
Pages 356
Number of illustrations 386
Size 9 x 12" (229 x 305 mm), hc
Date of Publishing 2002
Language(s) English
Co-publisher(s) Mapin in association with Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya Sponsored by State Bank of India
Rights Available World rights