Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya

(Formerly Prince of Wales Museum of Western India)

Folio from an illustrated manuscript of Laur Chanda Sultanate Period Probably Delhi-Jaunpur belt
1525 - 1575 A.D.
Folio: 20.6 x 27.2 cms
Painting: 14.1 x 19.6 cms
(Acc. No. 57.1/22)

Black Buck and Doe
Mughal End of 17th Century A.D
Full page: 35.4 x 25 cms
Painting: 26.2 x 18.3 cms
(Acc. No.15.281)

Bronze
Deccan
20th Century CE
Gift of Angela and Ernst Misha Jucker
2012.557
Object of the Month - December 2015

Dattatreya is a composite figure combining the three gods of the Hindu trinity into a single three-headed deity. Dattatreya carries the characteristic insingnia of Vishnu (conch and discus), Shiva (trident) and Brahman (begging bowl and rosary). He is accompanied by 4 dogs, who represent the four Vedas and a bull. His cult was primarily located in the Western regions of Maharashtra and Karnataka.

Rajasthani, Bundi
Late 18th century CE
35.5 x 24.3 cm
57.18/2
Object of the Month - November 2015

Hindu month of Kartika. The poet Keshavdas says that

Woods and gardens, rivers, earth and sky are clear and shining bright illuminated by lamps (of Dipavali festival). The days and nights are full of joy, and couples are gambling. The courtyards and walls of every house are gay with colourful paintings of gods and goddesses. The whole universe is pervaded with celestial light and all men and women are gay with love. This is the month for earning merit by sacred baths, giving alms and worship of God.

Porcelain
Germany
Early 21st century CE
Gift of Smt. Rekha Naik in memory of Late Dr. Deepak Srinivas Naik
2015.169
Object of the Month - October 2015

Silk with jari
Chander, Madhya Pradesh
Early 20th Century
Gift of Smt. Kalpana Vora
98.4
Object of the Month - August 2015

This unique specially commissioned sari expresses the feeling of patriotism of its wearer. It has star-shaped buttis woven all over the ground in silver and golden jari.