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Bijapur Museums

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DIRECTORY OF ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM, BIJAPUR

1) Name of the Museum: The Archaeological Museum Bijapur

  
2) Full address and Phone: Archaeological Museum, Gol Gumbaz complex, Bijapur, (Karnataka) Phone number: 08352-250728

3) When established: In 1962 it has been established with the intention of developing it as a site museum. Thus it is one of the earliest site museums to be established in India.
4) Staff Strength

Asst. Suptdg. Archst.(M)
U.D.C   (Vacant)
Marksman
Office Attendant
Museum Attendant
Chowkidars
Sweeper

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5) Working Hours: 9.30 am to 5.30 pm

6) Brief History of Museum (approximately in 1000 words):
Bijapur known with ancient name ‘Vijayapuri’ (City of Victory) is was the capital of the Adil- Shahi who ruled from A.D. 1489 to A.D. 1686 A number of religious, secular and defence structures built during the Adil-Shahi period are located in and around Bijapur. The town originally constructed by the King Adilshahi.


The Museum is located in Naqquar Khana (Trumpet House) of the Gol Gumbaz Complex at Bijapur. The Museum was established in the year 1892 as a humble collection, grew to be a District Museum in 1912 with the objective of collecting, preserving and exhibiting all articles of Archaeological and other art specimens of the historical, artistic and cultural heritage of the region. Subsequently it was taken over by the Archaeological Survey of India, from the then State Govt. of Mysore on 1962 with the intention of developing it as a site Museum. Thus it is one of the earliest site Museums to be established in India. The collection, display techniques and the ideal location of the Museum in the Gol-Gumbaz, the outstanding architectural triumph (magnum opus contribution) of the Adilshahi Architects, have added to the importance of the Museum. From the point of view of collection and variety, it is only one of its kinds in Karnataka state and probably second and next only to the Salar Jung Museum at Hyderabad showcasing the Islamic Heritage in all its aspects.


     The museum collection comprises of stone inscriptions of Arabic, Persian, Sanskrit and Kannada languages in varied calligraphy; Brahmanical and Jaina sculptures; illustrated and plain paper manuscript in Arabic, Persian and Urdu languages; arms and weapons, Coins, China ware, wooden carvings, Maps and valuable ancient carpets, Sanads, farmans, miniature paintings and Bidri ware collected from Bijapur and its neighborhood. These are mainly acquired by way of exploration, debris clearance near the protected monuments, treasure trove, personal collection etc.

The arched underground cellar of the museum building is used as Reserve Collection for stacking the stone antiquities. A running masonry pedestal is being constructed in the cellar for better arrangement of the stone antiquities for study and verification purpose.


7) Total Number of displayed object: 518

8) Total Number of Reserved Collection: 1101

9) Total collection in the Museum (Displayed and reserved): 1619

10) Number and Name of galleries:
The museum has six galleries, three in the ground floor and the rest in upper storey

11) Master Piece in the Collections:
1. Persian inscription with floral decoration of A.D. 1670 recording experts from the Holy Quran.
          2. Persian manuscript of the Holy Quran.
          3. Map of Bijapur.
4. Miniature paintings of the Adilshahi Kings and Sufi Saints.
          5. Arms & Weapons
          6. Bidri Wares

12) Photograph of the main building: Enclosed

13) View of Galleries: Enclosed

14) Photographs of related object: Enclosed

15) Status of Documentation / Accession: Cataloging and photographic documentation works are completed in all respects.   Video documentation has not been done.

16) Any other specific information / Suggestion: 

   
 
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