Khajuraho Archaeological Museum

Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh

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The archaeological Museum, Khajuraho houses 3424 registered antiquities including sculptures of different sects, among which the Saiva, Vaisnava, Sakta cult and Jaina images are significant one. The secular objects like celestial nymphs; scenes depicting social life and the erotic and amorous couples also deserve attention of the general visitors.

The sculptures of Khajuraho museum are divisible into five broad categories that include cult images, family and minor deities, divine nymphs, secular sculptures and animal (vyala and sardula) sculptures. The sculptural art of Khajuraho represented by the sura-sundaris and female revels in admiring the charms of human body from the most fascinating angles and excels the contemporary schools of Indian art in the vivid portrayal of human moods and fancies through the medium of provocative gestures and flexions. A touch of classical flavour persists in the sculptures particularly of 10th century A.D. which combine subtlety of modelling with an amplitude of volume. In museum collection, there are many sculptures of divine nymphs (sura-sundaris) few of them are the finest and most numerous sculptures at Khajuraho.

Attired in the choicest gems and garments, they are invariably represented as youthful females of ravishing charm and more frequently they are portrayed to express common human moods, emotions and activities and often difficult to distinguish them from conventional nayikas. Some secular sculptures including erotic themes are also the finest sculptural compositions of Khajuraho, vibrating with a rare sensitiveness and warmth of human emotion. The stone art treasure of Khajuraho museum are the specimens of Chandella art and generally maintains the quality of the sculptural art of central India.

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