Bangladesh National Museum, formally inaugurated on 17 November 1983, is one of the largest museums in South Asia. Dhaka Museum, formally inaugurated on 7 August 1913, was its forerunner. Bangladesh National Museum is devoted to archaeology, classical, decorative and contemporary art, history, natural history, ethnography and world civilization. Bangladesh National Museum has splendid collections which range in date from prehistory to the present time. Both in number and uniqueness, the Museum is extremely rich in stone, metal and wooden sculptures, in gold, silver and copper coins, in stone inscriptions and copperplates and in terracottas and other artifacts of archaeological interest.
The Museum has one of the largest collections of arms and armour in the Indian subcontinent. Quite fascinating are its collections of decorative art, especially of woodwork, metalwork and embroidered quilts. It has items of natural history and ethnographic interest. The Museum is noted for its collection of Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin and works of other contemporary artists. The Museum also illustrates the freedom struggle culminating in the liberation of Bangladesh.
|Place of origin||Lohagada, Jessore|
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|Materials of the Object||Teak|
|Short Description||The bedstead is profusely carved, standing on four fairy-shaped legs. Each leg’s toes resemble the tiger’s paw. Above each paw is a circular pedestal upon which stands a fairy holding a rose in her left hand. The fairy’s hair is curling, and she is dressed in the European style. The fairy’s wings are notched like the bird’s feather. The bedstead is richly ornamented with leaves and vines. The four bars for holding the mosquito-curtain are also richly decorated. All the horizontal bars connecting the vertical ones have wide borders ornamented with blooming flowers and grooved squares and rectangles.|