Hindu Buddhist and Jaina

The gallery has four sections i.e. Nepalese, Tibetan, Burmese and Sub-continent. Most objects belong to the late 19th and early 20th century, however, there are few pieces dating back to 8th-10th centuries.

The Hindu art collection in this Museum contains a good number of sculptures, images, statues and other objects made of stone, marble, wood, ivory etc. Various architectural pieces depicting outstanding artistic achievement are also part of the collection.  Some of the highlights of the collection include a large lingam with the head of Shiva discovered from a site near Jhelum; a beautifully carved figure of Vishnu; a stone piece with sculpted figures of Shiv and Parvati dating from 7-8th C found from a site in Lahore; and a big sized sculpted architectural piece depicting Durga as Mahesha Mardini (slayer of the buffalo demon).

There are several architectural pieces from ‘Murti’ a Jaina temple in Salt Range in this collection.

The gallery has a representative collection from  Nepal comprising of  wood carvings, painted tankas, papier-mâché objects , metal work, jewelry, statues of gilded bronze predominantly representing  the Tantric cult. These objects date from the sixteenth to the twentieth centuries. Tibetan art in this gallery’s  collection comprises of sculptures, paintings and jewellery while the  Burmese contains mainly lacquer work objects,  and wooden craft and a  beautiful gilded Buddha sitting on a throne under three umbrellas.