Ethnological bronze and brass pieces including tribal figurines, 19th- and 20th-century nutcrackers, lamps, spice containers and foot scrubbers; four paintings by artist Bireswar Sen; and a Bihari Sat Sai, a manuscript depicting love games between Radha and Krishna, are among 125 objects currently on display as part of an annual exhibition of artefacts newly acquired by the city’s Chhatrapati
Shivaji Maharaj museum.
The exhibition , titled Sanchayan, was initiated last year, to give Mumbaiites an opportunity to view the museum’s freshest acquisitions.
There were 900 objects procured by the museum over the past year.
“It has been an exhausting yet thrilling experience to curate this exhibition,” says Manisha Nene, assistant director of the gallery.
As part of its acquisition practice, from time to time, the museum purchases items from private collectors and licensed art dealers, or is gifted artefacts by art connoisseurs.
Seventeen textile pieces that are part of this exhibition, for instance, were donated by artist Jehangir Sabavala’s wife Shirin, who inaugurated the exhibition with others.
“Through Sanchayan, we want to create awareness among people that museums are cultural memory banks,” says museum directorgeneral Sabyasachi Mukherjee.
“If museums don’t constantly procure, preserve and display rare items, then who will?”