Exhibits / Collection
An exquisite collection of Rajasthani miniatures of almost all the
sub-schools of Rajasthan such as Bikaner, Bundi, Mewar, Jaipur, Jodhpur
etc. are on view here.
The museum has one of the finest collections of early terracotta art, in
the country. These belong to the early Gupta period and were discovered
in 1017 AD by Dr. L. P. Tessitori from the ancient Theris of Rang Mahal,
Badopal, Pir Sultan-Ki-Theri located between Suratgarh and Hanumangarh
of the old Bikaner state. The existence of these 'Theris' can be traced
back to the Indus Valley Civilization. Some of these sites including
Kalibangan are considered the oldest in India. It was in this area that
the sacred river Saraswati is believed to have existed.
The sculpture of Jain Saraswati (11th-12th Century) is a unique piece of
marble of four feet eight inches in height. Discovered from village
Pallu (Ganganagar), it is a peerless example of medieval Indian
sculpture. Nartaki (10th-11th Century) is a beautiful one foot high
bronze image, discovered from large sand dune of village Amarsar in
Tehsil Sujangarh (Churu.)
The museum has a fine collection of superb lacquered works, a craft
special to Bikaner entirely done by the artisans, called Ustas (Ustaads),
on wood, metal, glass, stone, leather and ostrich egg shells.
Wood And Stone Carvings
Bikaner stands almost unsurpassed in wood and stone carvings. A teak
wood table and a wooden casket, a model of the Gajner Palace (Bikaner),
a typical 'Ikka' (horse drawn cart) and chariot with minutest details
are on view in the museum.
Open: 10.00 am to 5.00 pm
Closed: Friday and gazetted holidays.