Museums & Art Galleries: Assam

Assam State Museaum , Guwahati

Assam State Museum in Guwahati is a rich repository of antiquities that highlight the diversity of the state s cultural traditions. In the early 1900s, a small dedicated group of antiquarians formed a society to study, document and research the cultural patterns of Assam. The artefacts they collected formed the nucleus of the museum. On view are a large number of stone sculpture, metal, wood and terracotta objects, textiles, coins, manuscripts and tribal artefacts. The rare stone images date to the region's original rulers, the legendary Kamarupas, who were in power till the 13th century.

Among the striking bronzes on view are a number of small but perfectly formed images, a mukhalinga, bells and a conch shell. The largest and most beautiful icon depicts Indra, the Vedic war god. The deity is seen riding his vahana, flanked by two female chowri bearers who stand on a padma. Bedecked with Jewels his right hand demonstrates the varadahasta mudra while his left hand is held in the abhaya mudra. Below the pitha is a male deity in the anjalihasta pose while above, an ornate chatra crowns the image.

Among the four bronze plates on view is a bust of Mahishasura. Portrayed in high relief, a human head appears to have sprung from the neck of a buffalo. Scholars believe that this plaque symbolically represents the devi.

Assam State Museum
Guwahati 781 001
Timings: Summer : 10.00 am to 4.30 pm; Winter: 9.30 am to 4.00 pm
Closed on Mondays and second Saturdays. and government holidays.

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