Hyderabad: The Salar Jung Museum houses collections dating from the 2nd century BC to early 20th century AD from different cultures such as Greek, Roman, Hindu, Jain, Buddhist, Christian and Islam. It has Indian, Middle Eastern, Far Eastern and European art and also a children’s section. Apart from this, a gallery is devoted to the illustrious Salar Jung family, which was mainly responsible for acquiring the collection.
Asked about the rare items in the Islamic Art Gallery, Mr Reddy and the museum’s deputy keeper Mr Veerender said all the items were rare. However, some, like the fruit knife used by Noor Jahan, wife of Emperor Jahangir, Aurangzeb’s sword, hookah, Bidri spittoons, tavis, rare manuscripts and rosary jade beads stand out. “Nearly 70 to 80 per cent are collections of Salar ZJung including gifts and those purchased,” Mr Reddy added. Mr Reddy added that noted city architect and interior designer Kasim Ali Khan has designed the gallery.
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