Thanjavur Art Gallery, located in the Thanjavur Palace has an exquisite collection of ancient sculptures and coins. It is officially called the "Raja Raja Chola Art Gallery" and locally known as "Thanjavur Kalaikoodam" (Tamil:தஞ்சாவூர் கலைக்கூடம்). These bronze sculptures of Hindu Gods and Goddesses range from 9th century A.D to 19th century A.D. Some very unique deities and saints can be seen. Early Indian lifestyle, their clothing, ornaments and even hairdo are carved in these statues. Another interesting feature is the collection of old coins. Coins from as early as 300 B.C are exhibited here, which is quite astonishing.
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Timings: 9 A.M to 1 P.M ; 3 P.M to 6 P.M; Open 7 days a week
Entrance Fee: Indians - 5 Rupees; Foreigners - 20 Rupees
Note: Thanjavur Palace has a separate entry fee. Click here to read about Thanjavur Palace
Camera Fee: Still Camera - 30 Rupees; Video Camera - 300 Rupees.
Car Parking: Available; Free
Restrooms: AvailableAverage Visitor Time: 1-2 Hours
|Bronze Parvati - 11th Century A.D|
|Enthol Mukkan Emman, 11th Century A.D|
|Rear view of a bronze sculpture, shows ancient Tamil hairdo|
|On the right is the statue of Brahmadhirayar, 10 -11 Century A.D|
|Ancient burial urns called Mudhumakkal Thazhi - 100 B.C|
There is an excellent collection of old coins, some of them made over 2000 years ago. It is deplorable that they are not being well preserved or arranged in chronological order. To see pictures of the entire coin collection, click here. Below, let us see a few interesting coins.
|Pudukkottai Amman Coins also known as "Amman Kaasu" - 1899 A.D|
|Paisa copper coins of Tipu Sultan (circa 1787 A.D)|
|Statue of Raja Serfoji II in the Thanjavur art gallery|
|A statue of Raja Raja Chola, recently erected in the art gallery|