Exhibits

Ground Floor Gallery

Ground Floor Gallery

 

131 antiquities are on display including Buddhist as well as Brahmanical sculptures. Other categories of antiquities are architectural fragments, terracotta figurines (human, animal & bird), toys, beads, etc. metallic weapons & implements, stone lamp & bowl, etc.

 

 

SCULPTURES AND ARCHITECTURAL FRAGMENTS EXHIBITED ON PEDESTALS

 

• Ganesha

• Loknath

• Navagraha

• Tara

• Tara (Broken)

• Composite Lion

• Surya

• Mahakal

• Avalokitesvara

• Architectural fragment

 

 

Ganesha

•Son of Lord Shiva and Parvati, regarded as adi-devata.

•God of prosperity & welfare and destroyer of all evils.

•Image carved as part of door frame architecture.

•Material Lime Stone.

 Loknath

• A form of Buddhist deity Avalokitesvara.

 • Seated in Ardhaparyanka asana over lotus throne.

 • Carvings of finer details noteworthy.

 • Material black basalt stone.

Navagraha

• Personification of the nine planets of Solar System.

• Symbols /Vahanas represented at the bottom of  respective deities.

• Material – black basalt stone.

 Tara

• Most popular female deity in Buddhism.

• Goddess of wealth and prowess.

• Carved in high relief.

• Beautiful delineation of finer details of drapery and ornamentation.

• Material basalt stone.

Tara (Broken)

• Buddhist goddess of wealth and prowess.

• Carved in high relief.

• Excellent depiction of fine drapery and ornamentation.

• Seated over lotus throne in ardha paryanka asana.

• Remarkable lustrous polish.

• Material black basalt stone.

Composite Lion

• Two lions with a common head.

• Used as decoration in building architecture.

• Material basalt stone.

Surya

• Personification of the natural force of light as source of human life.

• Destroyer of darkness.

• Shown standing and holding fully bloomed lotus flower in both hands.

Mahakal

• A ferocious god worshipped in tantric Buddhism for destruction of enemies.

• Represented as pot bellied dwarf with heavy beards and moustaches with wide open month and visible large teeth.

• Holds a conch, skull, trident and bowl in his four hands.

Avalokitesvara

• Most popular Buddhist male deity.

• Regarded as the god overlooking the world in all directions.

• Holds stack of a lotus flower.

• Material basalt stone.

Architectural fragment

• Used in door frame architecture.

• Massive single architectural piece indicating existence of grand structures.

• Very fine and intricate carvings indicating high degree of decoration of structures.

• Material sand stone.

Eastern Showcase

• Contains images of different deities from Buddhist as well as Hindu pantheons.

• Buddhist images consist of head of Buddha, head of Avalokitesvara, bust of Avalokitesvara, marichi, etc.

 • Hindu images are represented by images of Vishnu and Ganesha.

• The images are carved in different materials like basalt, red stone and lime stone.

Western Showcase

•Contains variety of terracotta objects.

•There are beads, rattles, ear studs, perforated pots, finials, animal figurines (lion, tortoise, dog, crocodile and elephant) and bird figurines (owl etc.)

Southern showcase

• Contains variety of terracotta objects.

• There are human heads and busts (male & female), Buddha in bhumisparsha mudra, images of Ganesha, mould/cast showing stupa, cluster of votive stupas, Buddha and Buddhist creed etc.

TABLE SHOWCASE IN THE CENTRAL SPACE

• Contains objects of mixed materials like terracotta, stone, iron, etc.

 • Terracotta objects are beads & wheels.

• Stone objects are lamp & bowl.

• Iron objects are dagger, sword, sickle, ring, nail, axe & shovel.

 

 

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First Floor Gallery

First Floor Gallery

 

440 antiquities are on display including Buddhist as well as Brahmanical sculptures. Other categories of antiquities are seal & sealings, moulds, skin rubber, gamesman, pendants, bronze images, objects of copper, bronze, bone, conch shell, ivory & antler.

 

 

SCULPTURES AND ARCHITECTURAL FRAGMENTS EXHIBITED ON PEDESTALS

 

• Buddha

• Ganesha

• Surya

• Krishna Sudama

• Mahisasurmardini

• Chamunda

• Uma Maheshwar

• Architectural fragment

 

 

 

Buddha

• Sculpture representing eight major events of Buddha’s life.

• The central main image in earth-touching attitude represents enlightenment of Buddha at Bodhgaya.

• The seven small images along the edge represents the remaining major events which are, proceeding anticlockwisefrom his left lower side, birth at Lumbini, taming of mad elephant at Rajgriha, preaching of first sermon at Sarnath, Mahaparinirvana at Kushinagar, miracle of Sravasti, miracle of Sankisa and the monkey chief offering honey bowl at Vaishali.

• Material Lime Stone

 

 Ganesha

• One of the important Brahmanical deities found from the site.

• Son of Lord Shiva and Parvati, regarded as adi-devata.

• God of prosperity & welfare and destroyer of all evils.

• Shown in dancing posture.

• Material black basalt.

 

Surya

• Personification of the natural force of light as source of human life.

• Destroyer of darkness.

• Image carved as part of door frame architecture.

• Shown standing straight wearing long boots and holding stalk of fully bloomed lotus flower in both hands.

• Material sandstone.

 

 Krishna Sudama

• Sculpture depicts legendary friendship between Lord Krishna and his childhood friend Sudama.

• Sudama shown bearded with a frail body holding a stick, visible skeletal ribs are indicative of poverty.

• Material lime stone.

 

 Mahisasurmardini

• Goddess Durga killing the buffalo demon.

• Event symbolizes triumph of good over evil.

 • Material lime stone.

 

 Chamunda

• Terrific form of sakti goddess.

• Characterized by only skeletal representation of  human form.

• Material lime stone.

 

 Uma Mahesvara

• Lord Shiva and his consort Parvati (Uma) in amorous posture.

• Seated over lotus throne with one leg of each resting on lotus flower.

• Material black basalt stone.

 

Architectural Fragment

• Used in door frame architecture.

• Massive single architectural piece indicating existence of grand structures.

• Very fine and intricate carving indicating high degree of decoration of structures.

• Material sand stone.

 

Eastern showcase

• Contains objects made in bone, conch shell, ivory and antler.

• They are seal, gamesman, locket, pendent, antimony rod, dice, ring, miniature stupa, conch shells (including cut pieces), antlers and miscellaneous objects.

Western Showcase

• Contains objects made in terracotta and stone. .

• Terracotta objects are the moulds, seals and sealings, skin rubbers etc.

• Stone objects are standing Buddha, Avalokitesvara, Jambhal, Aparajita, Buddha in bhumisparsh mudra, Ganesha, Parvati, Karttikeya and some fragmentary pieces.

Southern Showcase

• Contains metallic objects (bronze and copper).

• There are images like standing Buddha, Buddha in bhumisparsh mudra, Tara, Manjusri (Buddhist goddess), boar on pedestal, bell, door handle, temple finial, bangle, beaded bangle, ear ring, nose ring, antimony rod, burner, lota, bowl, etc.

TABLE SHOWCASE IN THE CENTRAL SPACE

• It contains beads of different size, shapes and materials like terracotta, stone, semi-precious stone & glass.

 

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