Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya

(Formerly Prince of Wales Museum of Western India)

Silk, Brocade
Paithan, Maharashtra
19th Century A.D.
542 x 108 cms. (Acc. No.97.12/4)
Gift of Shri Bansi Mehta from his wife Sushila Asher’s Collection
Object of the month - May 2015

Paithani textile derives its name from Paithan, a small town near Nasik, which is the centre of its production even today. It is a typical creation of the weavers of Maharashtra and its peculiarity lies in the use of an interlocking technique to create borders and designs in highly contrasting colours.

Shantiniketan, West Bengal
1935-1939 A.D.
Designed by Nandalal Bose
490 x 114 cms.
Acc. No. 97. 12/2
Object of the month - December 2014

Gift of Shri Bansi Mehta from his wife Sushila Asher’s Collection.

BATIK is one of the earliest methods used for creating designs on fabrics. There are diverse opinions regarding the origin of the art. According to some scholars it originated in China while some ascribe its origin to India and Java. Popularly it is known as Javanese art of wax printing.

Early 20th Century CE
Height 30 cm
Sir D. J. Tata Collection
Object of the month - November 2014

The impressive lamp must have been made for a Vaishnava temple. Garuda, the vahana (mount) of Lord Vishnu, is shown in human form, identified by his large out-stretched wings and sharp, beak-like nose.



19th century CE

Painting size: 55*42 cms.

Object of the Month-June 2014

Dance, drama and music forms an essential part of Bhagavata sect since ancient times. As early as 400 B.C. Bhasa the great dramatist presents Raas dance associated with Bhagavata cult.

Pahari, Guler
Late 18th century CE
20.9 x 25.5 cms. (folio)
Shiva and Parvati with Ganesh and Kartikeya

Pahari, kangra,
Early 19th century C.E.
23.2 x 28.1 cms.

The foreground is occupied by a prominent figure of Shiva seated on Nandi running in speed. Behind him at a distance can be seen tiny figures of Parvati with tiger, Ganesha walking with his rat and three faced kartikkeya flying on his mount, peacock. The smoke of the fire produced by a couple of twigs is Shiva’s dhuni at their dwelling place. Green hilly background. The painting is enclosed by an octagonal border.

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