This 3 dimensional map of the original seven islands of Mumbai is titled Heptanesia, Greek for seven islands, which is the earliest documented name for the city recorded in the writings of Ptolemy.

The Kamalnayan Bajaj Mumbai Gallery showcases Mumbai’s origins as a group of islands separated by swamps, marshland and mangroves, covered with coconut groves, and its development into a vibrant and elegant 19th century city.


  • Title: Heptanesia
  • Date: 1903/1918
  • Location: V&A Museum, Bombay
  • Physical Dimensions: L 192.5 cm x W 93 cm
  • Material: Plaster of Paris, coloured pigments, glass
  • Gallery: Kamalnayan Bajaj Mumbai Gallery

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