Directorate of Archaeology, Archives and Museums

Government of Madhya Pradesh


The Department of Archaeology, Archives & Museums has a separate modeling cell, which has made forty two replicas of plaster cast from rare artistic and valued archaeological antiquities. It helps to publicise the important art objects. As per archaeological norms, the appearance of the replicas has to be similar to the original object in terms of shape, size & colours. The main objective for making these replicas is to promote and develop cultural awareness amongst the citizens. The department has made replicas of various important antiquities like Shalbhangika, Skhalit Vasana, Tever Jabalpur, Buddha Padamasana Bhopal, Padamini, MOrena, (Gwalior) Female head, Pawaya (Gwalior), Lakulisa, Mandsaur, Saraswati Sohaniya, Buddha mastak, Sarnath, Parwati bust Satna, & ‘Vishnu Mastak’, Bhopal.

These Replicas are avalible for sale on a very reasonable price at our sale counters located at the below addresses:

  1. State Museum, Shyamla Hills, Bhopal.
  2. Directorate of Archaeology, Archives and Museums office, Banganga Road Bhopal.

(10th Cent. A.D. Gyaraspur) Vidisha(M.P.)
The sculpture of Shalbhanjika, procured from Gyaraspur, 40 km away from Vidisha is now displayed in Gujari Mahal Museum Gwalior. The plaster of paris model of the sculpture is 24” in length and 10 kg in weight. Due to its proportionate parts of the body and lyrical expression it is also known as Indian Venus and Gyaraspur lady.

Dancing Ganesh  
The sculpture of Ganesh, also known as remover of obstacles, in dancing posture is procured from Avra distt. Mandsaur. The sculpture carved in Pratihara art tradition belongs to 8th century A.D.

Gauri kamada
The sculpture ascribed to circa 10th Century A.D. has been brought from Vijwad, Dist. Dewas. It is displayed in State Museum Bhopal at present. The sculpture carved in Paramara Art style bears the depiction of Godha- vehicle of the deity on the pith.

Female Head
Malwa region is known for its art and beauty. The female head has been procured from Hinglajgarh a famous art centre of Malwa. The hair style of the sculpture is unique.

Skhalit Vasana
The sculpture Skhalit Vasana is unique and illustrates the high level of artistes’ skills of the bygone era. It dates back in the 10th century A.D.


Buddha Padmasana
The sculpture of Buddha seated on Padmasana is ascribed to 11th Century A.D. The sculpture of Buddha in bronze is now preserved in State Museum Bhopal. The hands in Gyan mudra signify his enlightenment.

This beautiful sculpture of youthful damsel, holding lotus in her hands belongs to Kachhapaghata period. This sculpture of 10th century A.D. has been procured from Suhania Dist. Morena. A series of jewellery in her neck i.e. kanthhara, chain and the hair style is representative of the tradition of those times.

Female Head (Terracotta)
This unique terracotta procured from Pawaya is ascribed to circa 5th Century A.D. The hair style and the facial expression is beautiful.

Lord Shiva depicted in Lakulisa form of Gupta period belongs to circa 5th century A.D. This peculiar idol with cascading hair and lower garments on waist was found in Mandsaur.


The sculpture of Goddess of learning Sarawati has been collected from Suhania, the art centre of Kacchhapagata period. This sculpture of 10th century A.D. is now displayed in State Museum Bhopal. The book in the hand of Goddess is a symbolic representation of learning and Veena is the means of extending knowledge.

Buddha Mastak
This is a small replica of the head of Lord Buddha of 5th century AD was found at Sarnath (Varanasi). The original piece is kept in National Museum New Delhi. The artist has captured the serene expression in this replica.

The sculpture of Goddess Parvati in gupta art tradition has been procured from Nachna Dist. Satna.

Vishnu Mastak
Vishnu in brahmanic tradition has been known as the protector of the universe. The calm and generous expression of the face testifies this fact. The original work of the artist is now preserved in State Museum, Bhopal.