Archaeological Museum, Gwalior

Archaeological Museum, Gwalior

Archaeological Museum, Gwalior

Gwalior Fort
Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh
India 474008

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The site museum was established in 1984 in the Hospital and Jail building of the British period. Located in front of Hathipol gate of Gwalior fort, the museum comprises of a large rectangular hall, a chamber and two verandahs showcasing the excavated wealth of ASI in Gwalior and its adjoining areas. Prominent among those are Amrol in Distt. Gwalior, Naresar, Bateswar, Padawali, Mitawali, Sihonia in Distt. Morena, Kherat and Ater in Distt. Bhind, Terahi, Ranod and Surwaya in Distt. Shivpuri.

About the collection: The sculptural treasures of this museum are classified as artefacts catering to Shaiva, Vaishnava, Jaina beliefs, representing development of sculptural art in India from 1st century BC to 17th century A.D. Sculptures from Mitawali are the earliest collection dating to Sunga and Kushana period exhibiting life size figures with heavy ornaments and thick garments. Other major sculptures are of Balarama, Kartikeya and Lakulisa. The sculptural grandeour excavated from Nareshwar, Bateswar, Kherat, Ater, Rannod, Surwaya and Padawali, dating to Pratihara period (8th century A.D. to 10th century AD) also form iconic attributes of this museum. The Gupta period sculptures were excavated from Suhaina, belonging to 11th C.A.D which includes Asthadikpalas, Surasundaris, Dancers, Vidhyadharas and Mithuna figures.