Pakistan's largest repository of cultural and historical artifacts
Its treasure of modern paintings, arts and crafts and ethnology are a national heritage beyond comparison.
These collections attract research scholars, students and tourists from all over the world and constitute a unique cross-section of the cultural history of the Subcontinent.
The Museum houses artifacts from many countries and regions such as Burma, Bhutan, Nepal, Tibet, Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa.
This stele is traditionally believed to depict the scene of the Miracle of Sravasti. However, another opinion holds that it depicts Sukhavati -the paradise of the Buddha Amitayus.
In the Miracle of Sravasti, the Buddha was challenged by six teachers of Rajagriha to participate in a contest of miracles before the King Prasenajit.
Besides, some examples of coins belonging to the Umayyads, Abbasids and of various other Muslim rulers of Central Asia, Africa and different states of the Subcontinent are also a part of this collection.
The collection includes the first coins issued by Mahmood of Ghazna at Lahore bearing the legend of Mahmoodpur, the new name given by Mahmood to Lahore, and the beautiful Zodiac coins issued by the Emperor Jahangir.
As a whole, the coin collection of the Museum is an invaluable treasure for the study of the political, economic, social and cultural history of the subcontinent in chronological order as well as for the study of the development of coin-making technology.
Sumaira Samad, Lahore Museum
Waqas Ahmad and Tariq Mehmood, Lahore Museum