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Salar Jung Museum – The Walking Stick Collection

Salar Jung-III must have been an interesting man.

For, a collection as diverse and as interesting as this, requires before all else, the keen eye of the beholder to see within the object its unique soul and the stimulating amusement it holds for the viewer.

As is with all collections, there must have been one walking stick that captured his intrigue and led him down the path of becoming a collector of walking sticks! I wonder which piece that was!

No doubt a man of his means and his stature would not have found it tedious or time-consuming to put together this collection for the pieces would have found him rather than him having to hunt them out.

A few pictures of the Walking Stick Collection of the Salar Jung III.

The simple sticks:

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Animal Heads: Wovensouls-Salar-Jung-Museum-walking-stick-s-3

Bird Heads:

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This crane-head opens its beak with the press of a button.

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Foot / footwear handles:

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Semi-precious stones as knobs:

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Golf Stick handles:

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Just art:

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Glass:

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Ivory & Gold:

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That such diverse concepts can be the subject of walking stick art proves once more that there is no limit to the creativity of man!

jm

March 2014

8 comments on “Salar Jung Museum – The Walking Stick Collection

  1. dnikias
    March 2, 2014

    How did you manage to get so many photos? I live in Hyd. and every time I have visited SJM, the guards pitch a fit because I always have a small camera on me.
    That is too bad because I find the collection to be quite surreal but have never been able to even sneak any photos.

  2. wovensouls
    March 2, 2014

    They charged me for the camera …. so it is allowed I guess!

    I spent a long time in the painting gallery with only me and the guard present but there was absolutely no hint from him that I should not be doing this.

  3. wovensouls
    March 2, 2014

    p.s. I didn’t have a real camera – just my iphone – but I paid (the nominal amount) to take pictures with that too.

  4. dnikias
    March 2, 2014

    Thanks for the reply. I haven’t visited SJM in a couple years so maybe things have changed but being an american living here, I also attract more attention than an Indian. I’m sure just using an iPhone helped. Love your blog – I just marvel at the beautiful textiles in this country!

  5. elephantthrown
    March 3, 2014

    just fantastic

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  7. paraj
    March 31, 2014

    Saveԁ as a favorite, I love youг site!

  8. T S Suresh
    June 30, 2014

    Fantastic collection of walking sticks. Absolutely amazing. I myself am a collector of canes and walking sticks and have about 50 to 60 canes so far. I am desperately looking for other cane/walking stick collectors in India. I live in Bangalore. Please reach out to me if you know any such collector or you are a collector yourself. Suresh. 9845191300

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