Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Jaipur: the Albert Hall museum

I devoted part of the last afternoon to the Albert Hall museum. Dating back to the late 19th century and built in the Indo-Saracenic style, the building is a prime example of gothic wedding-cake architecture but is too squat to be either imposing or charming. The museum houses an interesting collection of stuff (including Egyptian antiquities and European porcelain), of which I liked best the Indian religious sculptures and the whole section devoted to Rajasthani arts and crafts.


Albert Hall er nokkurs konar byggðasafn sem hýsir annars vegar safn muna frá Rajasthan og hins vegar samkrull af alls konar hlutum héðan og þaðan að úr heiminum, þar á meðal frá forn-Egyptalandi. Rajasthan-hlutinn var mjög áhugaverður, ekki síst fyrir safn myndskreyttra handrita og styttur af jógum í alls konar mögulegum og ómögulegum stellingum.

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