The Jung of the Salarjung !




Only 6 of us turned up at last. Me, Kartheek(K), Avinash, Parthu, Rakesh etc.. (All the others had some other works-Madhava with his relatives, Yellakanti with his UPS, Shashi, Prasanna, Vishnu went to their respective places, Shiva, Deva in thier houses,etc). We ended up at the museum after some trouble with the buses. We waited for the tickets for a while, took the tickets(10/- for Indians, 150/- for non-Indians). While the Nijams collection was 50/- per head the museum seemed very economically sufficient. The queue was long with all the school children waiting for their turn. We were "thoroughly" checked for carrying any illegal goods or explosives. But Me and Parthu got out with our mobiles(all these pics are from my mobile). Anyways, the first two rooms were boring with pictures of Salarjung families and portraits of them. The next rooms were good enough to hold us for a while.


What with all the porcelain ceramic ware, Wooden Carvings, Bronze statues, Iron Sculptures, Ivory models and designs, Metal, Alloy, Fibre, Hand made and Machine-made crafts the museum was full of them. The craftsmanship was truly amazing. Believe me or not, but it was worth observing all those things. An art lover would take days on end to inspect those treasuries closely. There were different sections for many different kinds of things like


Weapons
Manuscripts
ClocksCrystals
Toys
Carpets
Statues
Childrens Sections
Paintings
Veiled Rebecca (one of the best exhibits in Salarjung's collection)
Porcelain Products
Stuffed Animals
Flora and fauna
Mughal sectionEgyptian sectionFurniture section

the list goes on.
I particularly liked the Weapons, Clocks, Ivory and the Statue of Vieled Rebecca. I do not mean that the other exhibits are not good. They are in no way less compared to the above ones. But different persons have different tastes. Like Parthu liked the "Painting" Section.
There were two European Armours in the weapons section with fake knights in them. The armours seemed to be in perfect condition. Any child would dream about wearing that and going to school to show off. The knives, sword and daggers were equally good. Not all guns were that interesting to look at, but there were these six barrel small and short guns which looked ...um....splendid.
The clocks section too was full of surprises. There were all kinds of clocks - crystal, designer, grandfather, chandelier, golden, glass, gem-studded, geometrical, microscopical, carriage shaped, mirror included, and everything that you could imagine.
The Ivory Section truly shocked me. On one side, the marvel at the accomplishment at the craftsmanship of such splendid and excellent wonderful sculptures at such an ancient time. But on the other side, the sad thought of the number of animals and elephants killed to make this happen. I could not have stopped it, I thought, and continued to marvel at those wonders. Ivory Budha, Ships, Trees, Animals, Weapons, and even chess sets too. There was also this very small chess set that could be balanced on the nail of your smallest finger. The Chinese Ivory was excellent(Designed Ivory balls inside balls). And there were some Catholic scultures too - Christ, Holy Mother and other saints.
The marble statue of the Veiled Rebbecca is easily the best of all these. Everyone who sees this statue is hit first with the thought that the statue is covered in a thin semi-transparent veil with Rebecca standing in the middle of a pedastal filled with shy. But a close examination reveals that the veil is infact a part of the Sculpture. The statue is kept in a separate section with a description and a cooling system to keep it intact. Rebecca is a character in the Bible, who is betrothed to the great Issac. It is indeed a marvel in the culture of sculptures of the 19 century designed by an Italian.
The clock which is one of the most interesting and wonderful item in display. We reached the podium just 10 minutes b'fore eleven. The Clock contained a small finger sized black smith hitting something with his right hand in sychronization with the seconds. There's a watch below it which shows the current time, date, day, month and country. 3 minutes prior to 11 the small door in the clock opened and a puppet soldier came out. He hit the bell between him and the blacksmith 11 times when it stuck eleven on the clock. The sound was amplified many times and so was the picture. We saw the movement on two LCD screens(sponsored by THE STATE BANK) placed at either side of the clock. It was manufactured by the British and was placed in Bombay in the 1800's. It was a good mechanism and a great achievement at that time.
We were tired by afternoon. We were walking in the corridors from the morning. So we saw the exhibits and left the building soon. We had our lunch at Swagath in Dilsukhnagar. That was it for Sunday. We had an idea for visiting Golconda later in December(before the results, of course).

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