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Home Cover Features Mesmerising and Captivating Silver - An in-depth look into the bygone glory of the white shining met

Mesmerising and Captivating Silver - An in-depth look into the bygone glory of the white shining met

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Primetime Prism celebrates its 14th Anniversary with this issue and as always, in an effort to bring to its valued readers an important edition and collector’s book; this time takes a deep look at the history of silver, more so in Hyderabad. This anniversary exclusive is a specialized issue devoted entirely to Silver - the mesmerizing metal, that is as (if not more) popular as gold! 

While the past anniversary issues have focused on various wonderful aspects of Hyderabad and its rich culture, heritage and history, this time around we thought it would be wonderful to take a road less traversed to the forgotten past of the white metal that has captured the imagination of many a king and common man, artisan and collector alike over the years.

Silver plays a very important role in the ceremonial and religious activities of practically every religion in India; but not much is known on how it has become a part of such activities and gained prominence.

Punch marked silver ingots, in circulation around the fifth century BC and the first metallic coins minted around sixth century BC by the Mahajanapadas of the Gangetic plains were the earliest traces of coinage in India.

Filigree work on silver in India is popular for the creativity and appreciable designs it exhibits. Created with twisted threads and the motifs stitched on the base, they have a trellis-like appearance that leaves one wonderstruck. Karimnagar in Andhra Pradesh has been praised for the artistry of the craftsmen in the field of silver filigree work in India. Legend has it that the Nizam kings would present items created with silver filigree work to notable visitors.

Bidriware, a type of encrusted metalwork where one metal is inlaid or overlaid on another is another art form of silver that is famous from Hyderabad. It looks similar to damascene work with gold and silver. Originating from Bidar, it derives its beauty from the contrast created by the inlaid silver against the black background.

In this issue we will take a look at the Silver Heritage of Hyderabad with interesting features on ‘Silver In History’, how it has and continues to be used in many ways along with captivating pictures of silver articles taken from the prized treasures of private collectors; ‘Silver Artefacts In The Collection Of H E H The Nizam’s Museum, Hyderabad’, a vast collection that includes age-old priceless wonders like silver models, caskets, filigree objects and many more; ‘Silver Coins Issued During Qutb Shahi, Mughal And Asaf Jahi Rule In Deccan’, which were noted for their exceptional calligraphy; ‘Silver Filigree Of Karimnagar, India’, which talks about the specialized branch of the delicate jewel work; and an exclusive photo feature of ‘19th Century Silverware From Karimnagar, Collection At Salar Jung Museum’.

We would like to thank H E H The Nizam’s Museum, Hyderabad; the Salar Jung Museum; D. Bhaskara Rao, Curator, H E H The Nizam’s Museum, Hyderabad; Dr. D. Raja Reddy, Historian and Enthusiast; Dr. J. Kedareswari, Keeper, Salar Jung Museum and Silver Filigree of Karimnagar Handicraft Society; each and every one of the private collectors who shared their prized possessions for the pictures; and most importantly P. Anuradha Reddy, Editor & Convener, INTACH Hyderabad Chapter, for her valuable and continued guidance and support in the making of this prized edition.

Month: July 2010.

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