Exhibits showcasing the shared heritage between Oman and India are on display at the National Museum

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The first of these exhibits is a late 19th century lithograph called ‘Tarikh-i-Kesari’ or ‘The Story of the Caesars’ which gives a brief overview of the history of Oman and Zanzibar.

Muscat: Two special exhibitions showcasing the shared heritage of Oman and India are currently on display at the National Museum.

The first of these exhibits is a late 19th century lithograph called ‘Tarikh-i-Kesari’ or ‘The Story of the Caesars’ which gives a brief overview of the history of Oman and Zanzibar.

The book was loaned by the National Museum, New Delhi Republic of India. The other special exhibit is a painting of Al Mirani Fort in Muscat on loan from the National Gallery of Modern Art in New Delhi. The exhibition of special exhibits in Oman coincides with the celebration of the Republic of India on its 73rd Republic Day. The exhibition of the collections will continue for three months.

Jamal bin Hassan Al Moosawi, Secretary General of the National Museum, said: The National Museum is honored by the Republic of India’s participation in its Republic Day celebrations by displaying artifacts on loan from the National Museum, New Delhi. (Republic of India) and National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi in the Omani and Indian Relations Corner of the Oman and the World Gallery available to visitors.

The loaned artifacts embody the ancient bilateral relations between the two countries. This cooperation is part of the strengthening of international museum cooperation ties with the main and prestigious international cultural institutions and museums, particularly in the museum and cultural fields, in a way that contributes to achieving museum leadership for both .

Amit Narang said: “Oman and India share thousands of years of common heritage and rich ties of people-to-people contacts. The special exhibitions obtained on loan from India highlight this common past and also testify to the excellent cooperation between the museums and art and heritage institutions of the two countries. I appreciate the help of Jamal bin Hassan Al Moosawi, Secretary General of the National Museum of Oman, in making this special exhibition possible. We look forward to more such cooperation opportunities in the future.”

The Tarikh-i-Kesari, which was written by Mohammad Akbar Ali Khan, is a rare visual record of the princely states of India with the miniatures of their founders or rulers in place in addition to the rulers whose countries had close relations with the British Raj. . The Book was published on January 1, 1877 CE in two languages; Urdu and Hindi, with the support of the Anjuman-i Islāmīya Dihlī (the General Islamic Rally), on the occasion of the proclamation to Queen Victoria of the title of “Qaisarī-i Hind” (Empress of India ), and announced during the “Delhi Darbār” (the Assembly of the Court in Delhi)

The publication contains biographies of sultans, kings and princes, including Sultan Thuwaini bin Said Al Busaidi (reigned: 1273 – 82 AH/1856 – 66 CE) and Sultan Barghash bin Said Al Busaidi (reigned: 1870-88 CE ), including two unique miniature paintings of the two sultans and listing their exploits and official titles.

It also briefly describes Muscat and Zanzibar and their geographical locations, the two states’ sources of revenue, and information about their armies. It should be mentioned that the British Raj had awarded 21 cannons as a sign of respect and welcome to the Sultan of Muscat and Oman and the Sultan of Zanzibar as they are the independent rulers of two fully sovereign states. According to what was said in this book, Sultan Thuwaini bin Said Al Busaidi is the only ruler of the Arabian Peninsula to have enjoyed this ceremony alone, which confirms the ancient history of the Omani political entity in its two parts.

The oil painting depicts a view of Muscat’s Al Mirani fort by British artist Thomas Daniel, which dates back to the period of the Al Busaid dynasty (1229 AH/1814 CE), this painting is on loan from the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, Republic of India.


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