Reported by Chinmaya Dehury
Bhubaneswar, May 17:
Odisha Culture secretary Arabind Kumar Padhee today unveiled two prized elephant tusks with elaborate carvings as well as old silver and gold coins at the State Museum Conference Hall, to be exhibited on Sunday on the occasion of International Museum Day.
The elephant tusks were collected from Jeypore Palace while the silver and golden coins were collected from Nabarangapur District Treasury. The coins were donated by a farmer 10 years back, when Padhee was the district collector there.
On one of the tusks, Ram Leela and Krushna Leela have been engraved and painted with great artistry. The other tusk carries illustrations depicting the Bamana, Matsya, Nurshingha, Kuruma and Baraha avatars.
Dr Padhee has proposed to depute the curator of the State Museum to leading museums in the country and abroad to gain knowledge and exposure on latest trends in museology..