22 March 2023

The Archaeological Museum

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The Archaeological Museum features archaeologically significant artefacts and items. Positioned in a small hamlet of Kamalapuram inBellary, the gallery of the museum displays numerous ancient sculptures and scale-models of the city.

These ruins and collection of sculptures were earlier housed at elephant stables by the British Officers. All the artefacts and antiquities were shifted to this building in 1972. The museum features four galleries that enclose Hampi valley with a corridor all around.

The first gallery exhibits collection of sculptures of the Saiva faith, which include Bhairava, Bhikshatanamurti, Ganesha, Kartikeya, Mahishasuramardini, Shakti and Virabhadra with his consorts and Durga. In the central hall, Shivalinga, Nandi and Dwaramantapa with a royal couple at front are displayed.

Arms, armoury, copper plate grants and metal objects of religious significance and brass plates are displayed in the second gallery. On the other hand, the 3rd gallery displays currency coins in various denominations of gold and copper, prevalent duringĀ  Vijayanagara dynasty.

Antiquities pertaining to various eras, such as prehistoric, protohistoric period, medieval along with sati stones are displayed in the fourth gallery. The excavation items such as stucco figurines, Iron objects and sherds of porcelain are also put on display.
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