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National Museum (Maldives)

Listed under National History Museums in Malé, Maldives.

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Though many visitors may not go looking for it, because they’re too distracted by the beautiful beaches, the Maldives have ancient traditions that have spawned some beautiful pieces of art and other items. In the pre-Islamic days the islands were ruled by different groups and the accoutrements of royalty were important signs of wealth – you can tell by the impressive thrones, royal sun shades, arms and armour in this collection. Items from the time of Islamic occupation include coral sculptures, a carved 13th Century wooden panel from Male’s oldest mosque, and some ornate mats and other textiles.

This collection was collected and put on display under the direction of the Prime Minister of the time – 1952 – to help foster in the locals a sense of nationalism. It was set up within the apartments of the old Maldivian Royal Palace.

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