History always tells us a lot. And in this blog we want to show you walking stick collections at museums.
Walking stick collections at museums
Have you ever been to a museum gallery dedicated to just walking sticks? Yup, you read me right—walking sticks. In all shapes and sizes, in cane, Malacca cane, wood, sandalwood, ivory, fish-bone, jade, glass, metal, and leather. Walking sticks with umbrellas and gupti (blades) inside. Where some handle heads are decorated with semi-precious stones, some lined with silver and gold, and others yet shaped as horse hooves, shoes, classical figurines, and the various inmates of an animal farm.
Here we want to tell you about the Salar Jung Museum in Hyderabad’s Old City.
The museum has the inevitable Indian sections covering bronzes, sculptures, textiles, ivory, arms and armoury, jade, bidri art (native to Hyderabad), minor arts, and miniature and modern painting. It is, however, more renowned for its European collections which fill countless galleries with paintings, porcelain, glass, bronzes, marble statuary, furniture, and clocks from the continent. Meanwhile, a sizeable number of Persian carpets and manuscripts, Egyptian and Syrian art, as well as Sino-Japanese paintings and carvings add to the museum’s eclectic nature.
Here you can see many different historical walking canes that are great example in design for modern companies.
Where there is ivory, hand painted porcelain is not far behind.
Walking sticks with ivory heads carved and chiselled to form animal heads.
Walking sticks with wooden heads of dogs, their eyes are made of glass.