The City Palace Museum, Udaipur is adorned with exquisite lifestyle of ancient Mewar, documenting the lives of the Maharanas. With a varied range of exhibits, these galleries restore and preserve the irreplaceable age old traditions and rituals of Me
Immersing into the saga of Mewar, let’s take a virtual tour through the flambouyant galleries of City Palace, Udaipur.
Being the only silver gallery of Asia, the complete exhibit is dedicated to finest silver workmanship, throughout history. From basic silver ornaments to the elaborate silvery mandaps, the gallery houses countless old family heirlooms of the royal family of Mewar, providing an insight into the silverwares of ancient Mewar.
Equipped with state-of-the-art light fittings and adhering to international conservation standards; Bhagwat Prakash gallery is dedicated to the display and exhibition of photographic materials. The 126 exhibits on display provide a photographic overview of the reign of five successive Maharanas of Mewar, from Maharana Swaroop Singh (r. 1842 – 1861) to Maharana Bhupal Singh (r. 1930 – 1955); altering the visual depiction of a ruler from a distant leader to a more approachable figure.
Fateh Niwas Gallery – Mewar Miniature Painting Exhibition.
The city of Udaipur is known for its proficiency in miniature paintings with the history dating back to 1800 years. With the earliest painting courting back to 1715 A.D., this gallery exhibits approximately 200 paintings grouped under categories such as nobles, court life and festivals, fairytale-like processions, animal fights, hunting scenes, places of pilgrimage in Mewar and many more.
Fateh Niwas Gallery- Palace Calendar Exhibition.
Since 1987, the palace of Mewar has been following the ritual of publishing its yearly themed calendar; all of which collectively are exhibited in this gallery.
Fateh Niwas Gallery- Coat of Arms Exhibition.
The gallery displays a wide collection of the Coats Of Arms from various princely states of India alongwith Coats Of Arms from 22 erstwhile princely states of Rajasthan and Coat of Arms of 14 princely states which spread throughout the country after originating from Mewar.
Gokul Niwas Gallery: The Curtain Raiser – The Mewar Regalia Textile and Costume Exhibition.
Showcasing the rich and diverse textile collection of Mewar; this gallery exhibits the living heritage of two hundred years, carried from generation to generation in the dress code and lifestyle of Maharanas.
Jas Prakash Gallery – Architecture and Conservation Exhibition.
Any description of City Palace without its architectural mention is incomplete. Jas Prakash gallery distinctly showcases the architectural styles, trends and influences of contemporary development in the architectural evolution of this magnificent structure.
Raj Niwas Gallery- The Regal mode of Transport – Tam Jaam and Palanquin Exhibition.
Long before automobiles and vehicular chaos, the royal family of Mewar used Thakats and Palkies or Palanquins to traverse. This gallery exhibits the palanquins since the seventeenth century Mewar, made for various ceremonial or bridal occasions.
Preserving the finest collection of sculptures collected from damaged temples and deteriorated sites of Mewar; the gallery displays sculptures of eternal gods and goddesses, celestial beauties and animal figures, acquired since the 6th century.
Comprising of 200 year old Tanpura with painted base or Sitars made of pumpkins from Orissa; the gallery comprises of 39 donated instruments belonging to the Family of Mewar, displayed to engross the visitors, especially music enthusiasts.
The Crystal Gallery houses glass artefacts that boast of a rich bygone era. Created by F. & C. Osler, the foremost manufacturers of monumental cut glass luxury objects in and after the Victorian era, this gallery is a fairytale in itself. The exquisite crystal items in the gallery include dining table, table, sofa set, washing bowl, goblet, tray, decanter, to perfume bottles, candle stands, crockery and even beds. Yes, all in glass. The highlight of the gallery is the jewel studded carpet! The gallery even exhibits a Royal punkah (manually operated fan) in crystal and combined with soft red satin.
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