Exhibition in Mumbai tells the historical past of India in 228 objects

On the face of issues, Indian historical past is well-known across the world. Most folks would recognise the names of the nice Mughal emperors and the nice heroes of Indian Independence. But the subcontinent has a far deeper and richer historical past than these comparatively latest blips on the radar of time.

Bull-like composite creature and ‘script’ from 2200–1800 BC, Banawali, India. Image by Haryana State Archaeology and Museums

Taking centre stage on the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS), Mumbai’s main museum, the India and the World: A History in Nine Stories exhibition goals to teach the world concerning the main function that India has taken in global occasions relationship again so far as prehistory.  Drawn from the collections of the CSMVS, the National Museum in New Delhi and the British Museum in London, in addition to a string of personal collections in India, the 228 objects on show inform the story of a string of civilisations and empires, each latest and historic, placing Indian historical past into context with the opposite nice civilisations of the time.

Humped bull with gold horns from the Harappan interval, about 1800 BC. Image by Haryana State Archaeology and Museums

Carved animal effigies recall the Indus Valley civilisation, modern with the pyramid-builders of historic Egypt, however way more widespread. Stones carved with Mauryan inscriptions reveal the non-public edicts of the Emperor Ashoka, who unfold Buddhism as far afield as Afghanistan, Sri Lanka and historic Greece. A easy wood spinning wheel pays homage to Mahatma Gandhi, whose humility, willpower and perception in non-violence impressed India to stand up and declare its independence from British rule.

Gandhi’s Charkha Wood 1915–1948 West India. Image by Mani Bhavan Gandhi Sangrahalaya, Mumbai

With the concentrate on Indian internationalism, the exhibition consists of objects from across the world, impressed by contact with India’s historic empires, together with a sketch of the Mughal Emperor Jehangir drawn by Rembrandt, who amassed a private assortment of Mughal miniature work within the 17th century.

The exhibition might be open in Mumbai until 18 November, when your entire assortment will transfer to Delhi’s nationwide museum.

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