National Museum to reopen antique jewellery gallery


National Museum will be reopening its permanent jewellery gallery, Alamkara, after an entire decade.

Part of the museum’s prized collection, the trinkets here showcase the diverse aesthetics of their wearer that reflect their age, gender and social strata. They also throw light on the history of jewellery making. Some ornaments bear the stamp of regal heritage while others were ones used in common households, reports Times of India.

The gallery—containing over 255 Indian ornaments dating back five millennia displayed in 25 glass cases—will be inaugurated by Union minister of state for tourism and culture Shripad Yesso Naik.

Curated by leading jewellery historian Dr Usha Balakrishnan, the gallery has necklaces, bracelets, pendants, bangles, earplugs, needles and girdles. Founded in 1949, the museum always had a jewellery gallery until it was closed a decade ago. Museum director general Dr Venu V said the comeback of the gallery has been a longstanding demand among heritage lovers.


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