European Art Gallery:
- Salar Jung Museum Marble Statue (Star Attraction) Veiled Rebecca At Salar Jung Museum in Hyderabad.
The Veiled Rebecca is a sculpture created by an Italian sculptor, Giovanni Maria Benzoni in 1876.
The Veiled Rebecca is a sculpture created by an Italian neoclassical sculptor, Giovanni Maria Benzoni, depicting Rebecca. Benzoni is believed to have made four copies of this statue. The one at the Salar Jung Museum, Hyderabad, India, has been described as a melody in marble.
In the Hebrew Bible, Rebecca is the bride of Isaac. She is covered in a transparent veil during their wedding. This sculpture represents innocence and purity as Giovanni Benzoni skillfully creates the appearance of a transparent veil, an outstanding artistic creation.
It is believed that Benzioni made four copies of this statue. One is among the collection at the Salar Jung Museum, Hyderabad (India). There is also a copy at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia (USA). Another one, completed in 1866, is in the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts (USA).
Wooden Double Statue - (front) Mephistopheles and (back) Margeretta
- This piece of impeccable workmanship - Wooden double statue (male figure in the front and female in the back). Double-figure wood sculpture built in the 19th century A.D. in France by Unknown Artist.
It stands before a mirror and shows the facade of a nonchalant Mephistopheles and the image of a demure Margaretta in the mirror.
Carved out of a single block of wood, the famous double statue in Salar Jung Museum showing two life-size figures - Mephistopheles in front and Margaretta at the back–affords great delight to the visitors.
Ancient Ivory Carvings Art Gallery
- Ivory is a term usually employed to particularize the tusk of the elephant.
India which has high traditions in ivory carving right from Indus civilization is represented by carved ivory figures from Assam; chessmen, small toys, household articles from Lucknow; intricately carved lampshade, religious figures, woven ivory mat and replicas of the historical sites from Mysore, all of 19th and 20th centuries.
The Salar Jung Museum has a good collection of ivory carvings from different parts of the world. The collection of ivory gives an excellent idea of ivory as a medium of plastic art.
Experts say that the Chinese have been carrying on ivory carving for more than 3000 years. The Museum’s Chinese ivories of late 18th and 19th centuries include serene human figures. Vividly portrayed birds and other creatures and the intriguing Cantonese concentric balls-ball within ball affairs. The chessmen, causal sets of Ivory in the collection form an interesting group. Amongst the objects of European ivory carvings, a set of our ivory chairs said to have been presented by Louis XVI of France to Tipu Sultan of Mysore deserves special mention.
The collection of carved paper cutters also forms a splendid group. The large size paper cutter catches the attention of the onlooker. Apart from the above, there are also procession scenes, delicately carved boxes, fly whisks, figures of animals and bedsteads.
400 Year Old Ivory Carvings Collections From All Around The World
- The Japanese, though late entrants in the field of ivory carving, show themselves as expert carvers the proof borne our by their delicately carved figures painted with designs in gold lacquer and realistic representation of shrines preserved in the Museum.
Though not of the first-rate quality some of the late Egyptian ivory figures displayed are coloured brown, an artistic decoration indulged in by ancient Egyptians who had achieved high-quality ivory carving before 3000 B.C.
Although ivory carving a was widely practised during the historical periods of Europe very little carved ivory appears to have ended up in museums except in private collections and far-flung monasteries in Europe. French ivories dominate the 19th and 20th centuries of the museum collection. French ivories show a variety of social subjects such as beggars. German ivories include beer mugs. English ivories comprise portraits.
Musical Clock At Salar Jung Museum
- The English Bracket Clock at Salarjung Museum in Hyderabad is said to have manufactured in England and assembled in Calcutta in the late 19th century. It was acquired by Salar Jung III, Nawab Mir Yousuf Ali Khan (1889-1949) from the Cooke and Kelvey Co. Clock has more than 350 parts. It contains a mechanism by which a small toy figure of a bearded man comes out from the enclosure three minutes before every hour and exactly at 60th minute strikes the gong as per time (eg. Five times at 5′ o clock) and then goes back inside. There is another toy man visible who is a blacksmith seen holding a hammer and striking the seconds without any break. Enriched with nicely wrought metallic mounts, the huge mechanical clock has three dials for day, date and month in addition to chiming every fifteen minutes.
This musical clock is one of the biggest attractions of the museum and daily during the museum timings at every hour people gather in big numbers just to see the striking of the gong by the toy. Watch the video and feel the anxiety of all the visitors to not miss those few seconds.