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The museum has a large collection of metal idols and sculptures dating back to several centuries . Mention may be made of metal sculptures of Chola, Chera, Vijayanagara and Naik periods - eighth to eighteenth Century AD. Other items include beautifully carved wooden and stone sculptures of various subjects of South India. Nicely carved ivory times, musical instruments, pre historic burial urns, (similar to those of Harappan civilization) and other items related to royalty. Big wooden ornamental box, temple chariot, different types of ceremonial lamps draw our attention There is a good collection of pictures drawn by Raja Ravi Verma, Thanjavur paintings, etc. Napier Museum, has a wonderful collection of S. India coins belonging to various periods - ancient, medieval and modern South Indian Coins (Satvahana coins, Chera, Chola and Vijayanagara coins). The collection includes countless foreign coins Roman, Danish, Persian, etc. The museum has painfully carved wooden images as one would commonly find in the Koothmbalams, particularly on the ceilings and rafters.The craftsmanship is worthy of emulation and appreciation
01. The exhibits bring out some important facts with respect to knowledge of Bronze idol making etc., way back in 8th century.
02. Knowledge of iconography centuries ago as well as wooden art forms, taking inspiration from the Hindu Pantheon of gods and also the episodes from the Ramayana and Mahabharata. The religious faith forms the matrix in many wooden carvings and paintings.
03. Included in the museum are the 2nd century 'Gandhara' sculpture to 18th century Kerala sculptures.sculpture.
04. Kumple wood was widely used in making wooden carvings.
05. There are 5480 coins coming under 9 major categories.
06. The museum has a nice garden and it has a spread of 55 acres.