Lalbhai Dalpatbhai Museum of Indology, which was established in 1984, is a museum of art and archaeology. This museum is known for its palm-leaf manuscripts, 3rd to 11th century sculptures and pre-Mughal miniature paintings. Smt. Madhuri D. Desai, daughter in-law of Shri Bhulabhai Desai as well as an art connoisseur, has donated various art works to the museum. There is an entire gallery dedicated to her, which is called Madhuri D. Desai Gallery. This gallery holds the exhibit of largest head of Buddha in stucco from Gandhara. Visitors can also see the earliest cult image of Lord Rama, Mother goddess Aindri from Shamlaji and the Adinath bronze image from Sirpur. Other major highlights of the collection include the Jaina bronze images from Ghogha, Buddha images from Mathura or Sarnath and Chola sculptures from Tamil Nadu. Another gallery in the museum called Muni Punyavijayaji Gallery holds a collection of Gujarati Jain style paintings that date back to Mughal period. The collection also includes Jain pilgrimage painting on cloth, Vijnaptipatra painted at Agra by the Mughal painter and Kalakacharyakatha in Mandu style. P.T. Munshaw Gallery of the museum displays a collection of historical phases of coinage of India. This museum also houses a Shri Arvindbhai Collection, which displays Chola style Nataraja, a Nepali or Tibetan Bronze Mandala and Chinese or Japanese style cupboard in wood. Shri Kasturbhai Lalbhai Collection of Indian Drawings from Calcutta represents drawings for Indian Miniature paintings belonging to various regional schools. L.D. Museum Conservation Laboratory, which is meant for conservation of these paintings, is also housed in the museum.
L.D. Institute of Indology Campus, Nr. Gujarat University, Opp. L.D. Engineering Hostel, Navarangpura, Gujarat University Clock Tower, Ahmedabad, Gujarat 380009, India
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