TERRACOTTA FROM BHITA

Bhita

Bhita is an ancient city on the bank of the Yamuna about 22 KM away from Allahabad unravels the story of a culture more than 2800 years old.

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The Art of the Nagas

August, 2015

The Nagas, inhabit a narrow strip of the mountainous region between the Brahmaputra valley of Assam and the neighbouring Burma, the hilly areas of northern and eastern Manipur and a part of the Kachar Hills of Assam.Linguistically the Nagas belong to the Tibeto-Burman language group. The Nagas are the most numerous tribal group of north eastern India. It is composed of fourteen major tribes: Angami, Ao, Chakhesang, Chang, Khiemnungan, Konyak, Lotha, Phom, Rengama, Sangtam, Sema, Yimchunger, Zeliangrong, Kuki and several subtribes. Negaland is basically governed by an agricultural economy; about 90 per cent of the population depend on the produce of their fields for their livelihood. Heavy rainfall facilitates intensive agricultural activities. Rice, maize, millet, Job’s tears (Coix lacrima-jobi) and potatoes are the main crops.

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Artifacts from the Harappan Civilisation

August, 2015

The Harappan Civilisation was a Bronze Age civilisation (3300–1300 BCE) in northwest Indian subcontinent spreading over the present day Pakistan, northwest India and some regions of northeast Afghanistan. The site Harappa was named after a modern village located near the former course of the Ravi River. Along with two other early civilisations, one in ancient Egypt and the other in Mesopotamia, it was the most widespread among them, covering an area of 1.25 million square kilometre. It flourished in the basins of the Indus River, one of the major rivers of Asia, and the now dried up Sarasvati River, which once coursed through northwest India and eastern Pakistan together with its tributaries. Due to the spread of the civilisation along both the river valleys, it is also designated as the Indus-Sarasvati Civilisation.

Harappa, the first of its sites excavated in the 1920s, was located in the then Punjab province of British India, and is now in Pakistan. The discovery of Harappa, was followed by the unearthing of Mohenjo-Daro. A good number of various sculptures, seals, pottery, jewellery, figurines in terracotta, bronze, and steatite found from these excavation sites were poured into the repertoire of Indian Museum. A few of them has been put up in this virtual show.

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Mathura Sculptures

August, 2015

Mathura was the eastern headquater of the vast Kushana Empire and it had close administrative and culture links with the region of Gandhara in west. Both witnessed a golden time under the Kushanas. The Mathura and Gandhara schools of art which emerged and flourished almost simultaneously, freely intermixed and exchanged their artistic trends.The Mathura style reached its Zenith in the Gupta period, 4th-6th century A.D. when the figure became slim and slender and the expression on the face was marked with a super natural bliss and serenity. The Gupta sculptures are known for a unique combination of beauty and spirit. Inscriptions recorded on several sculptures have considerably enhanced their cultural significance.

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Previous Exhibitions

Mask in the collection of Indian Museum

Mask is an art of transformation, concealing the identity of the performer and invests the actor with an alternative identity.

July, 2015

Ancient Indian Terracottas

Ancient terracotta has been a pulsating life force for the people of India. The excavations of Harappa and Mohenjodaro civilizations authenticated the fact.

July, 2015

Upcoming Exhibitions

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Bronzes from Eastern India, Nepal & Bangladesh.

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