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 Post subject: The Stone Antiquities Gallery at National Museum Colombo
 Post Posted: Sat Jun 16, 2007 2:10 pm 
The Stone Antiquities Gallery at The Colombo National Museum

Opened in 1877, the Stone Antiquities gallery is as old as the Colombo National Museum itself. The 129-year-old gallery houses an astounding and exquisite array of artefacts, including religious icons, architectonic and decorative sculptures, historic documents and household utensils including an ancient stone water filter!

The Stone Antiquities Gallery was recently (2006) refurbished by The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC). This is the fifth gallery at the Colombo National Museum refurbished by HSBC. While the previous four galleries were history galleries namely, Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Transitional (Post-Polonnaruwa/Pre-Kandy) and Kandy the Stone Antiquities gallery is the first thematic gallery to be revamped and opened to the public.

The refurbished gallery is divided into four separate sections namely, stone carvings, epigraphy (also known as inscriptions), the Hindu section and the Buddhist section. The layout of the gallery is breathtaking, with an awe-inspiring stone carving of the Buddha bathed in golden light as the focal point at the end of a corridor lined with various decorative and religious sculptures. The gallery has been designed to give visitors a deeper appreciation of the history of these works of art. Trilingual information panels, neatly arranged artefacts, new displays and a state-of-the-art lighting system will also add to a visitor’s viewing pleasure. The entire layout has been planned according to international standards.


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