Taxila Museum to have new art gallery

Taxila Museum to have new art gallery

The new gallery will showcase around 400 antiques, the first addition to the museum since 1928
10 May, 2016

A new gallery adjacent to Taxila Museum would soon be opened to public as officials of the Punjab archaeology department and museums have started with decorations.

The new gallery was constructed with an estimated cost of Rs5.5 million in 2000 but since then it has been lying closed because of litigation the contractor went into as the department had forfeited his security money.

Deputy Director Department of archaeology Mohammad Irshad Khan while talking to Dawn said since the building was not constructed as per the specifications the department and the contractor agreed to at the time of signing the contract, the amount was withheld.

This year, a local court gave its decision in favour of the Punjab archaeology department, paving the way for opening of the new gallery to the public, the deputy director said.

He said the employees of the department were putting showcases in place and once they were installed the process of placing antiques would start.

He said the placement of the right antique at right place was a skill and time consuming and sensitive job.

Curator Taxila Museum Mohammad Nasir Khan told Dawn that as many as 18 showcases had been established in new gallery where around 400 antiques would be put on display.

He said that among these showcases stucco and stone antiques would be displayed, while in other show cases Buddha heads, Buddha life stories and metal objects especially of bronze would be put on display.

He said that the selected artifacts were discovered from various Buddhist sites located in Taxila including Julian, Jinna Wali Dehri, Mohra Maradu, Bhir Mound, Sirkap and Badalpur.

He said that some of the original antiques confiscated by Customs authorities while being smuggled out of the country would also be put on display in these galleries as these were the master pieces of world famous Gandhara art.

These antiques would be first major addition to the Taxila Museum since 1928.

The gallery would formally be inaugurated and opened to general public as soon as the process of placement of antiques is completed, the Taxila Museum curator said.

Originally published in Dawn, May 10th, 2016


masa May 10, 2016 11:29am
As museums are window to the history, I request Pakistan Government to restore the correct Historical name of place as Takshashila instead of present incorrect Taxila.
Taimur May 10, 2016 11:43am
During my last visit to UK I tried to locate the dancing girl in British Museum but could not find it. I remember when I visited Taxila museum last time the guide told me that the original piece was sent to British Museum. Is it still there?
Lord Buddha May 10, 2016 06:59pm
A humble request that Please pronounce Takshashila.
D May 10, 2016 08:21pm
@Taimur 'dancing girl' is in National Museum, New Delhi. after partition India took 'dancing girl' and Pakistan took 'the priest king'. don't believe everything the guides say
Jabbar Pasha (Canada) May 10, 2016 09:58pm
@D The Guide may be wrong or old, forgot about the actual location
kash May 11, 2016 12:28am
send everything someplace where it can be protected.