mineweb.com / By Shivom Seth / Wednesday , 06 Mar 2013
It is a silver museum on a scale few other than India could ever replicate and it is hosted by an erstwhile Indian Rajah (King) in the state of Udaipur.
Spread over 7,100 square feet, the museum at Udaipur’s City palace complex is to showcase hundreds of sterling silver objects, some family heirlooms dating back to 743 AD.
Reigning king Arvind Singh Mewar, head of the erstwhile ruling Mewar dynasty of Udaipur, inaugurated the silver museum.
That Indians tend to store and honour their silver ware and artifacts through several decades are on display in the museum, with a custom made silver buggy from Birmingham dating from 1939 holding pride of place.
Mewar said the heavily decked shining silver buggy was part of the current monarch’s late mother’s dowry.
In India, it has been customary for brides to be weighed down with golden and silver dowries.