As mentioned in an earlier post I took the boys and my niece to visit the National Meuseum during the holidays. We got our selves a guide, who patiently explained to the kids all about the history and all. I was quite impressed by her enthusiasm.
Here are a few things I took shots of and a little bit of history behind it.
During the time of Chinese silk route, Maldives was one of the stopping points of the Chinese merchants en route to Africa and Arabia. When they arrive they exchanged goods through barter system. These beautiful China collection you see below were discovered buried in various areas and are said to be bartered from the Chinese. I remember when growing up my mother had one of these which was used as a mixing bowl.
Then there was the brass collection.
Below is a Lacquer worked serving plate used to serve food for one of the Sultans . Maldives was a Sultanate country before it became a Republic.
During the old days they didnt use coins or paper money, they used Cowrie shells as a form of money. Cowrie shells were abandant in Maldives
My son's favorite , the boat collection, various types of Dhoni, used for various purposes of travelling on the sea.
There were various other artifacts and pieces of history like some of the thrones used by the sultans, The various old dresses worn in the old days, plates and cups of beautiful handiwork.
I also discovered this, old measuring cups used during the old days, first there was the ones used for measuring dry ingredients such as rice, sugar and flour.
|from right to left :, Naalhi ( 1 kg) , Laahi ( 250g) , Bai Laahi ( about 125g)|
|from Right to left : Bai laahi , Laahi , Baaga ( aprox 560ml) ,Adubai (1.12 L) , Sorry couldnt find out the measurement of Bai laahi and Laahi.|
For locals Admission for Adults( above 12yrs) is 20 Rf, and 5 Rf for local children under 12years.
You can take photographs ,as long as you dont use flash photography, they charge you 10 Rf for photography.
Guide comes for free, just have to request for one at the counter.
Over all, it was a great morning for the kids. I think its important for kids to learn about their countries history.