According to Hinduism and Buddhism, the cosmos consists of five elements: earth, water, air, fire and ether. "The earthenware items that have been fired are called terracotta. Thus, terracotta has a significant meaning in Hindu philosophy because it is made of earth with water elements and is burnt in.
Around 3,000 years ago ancestors started to settle down and become aware of the need to have vessels to put something in, they turned to earth and converted it into earthenware water jars, cups and the likes. The history of fired earthen sculpture, commonly known as terracotta, dates back to the dawn of civilization.
In the Indian sub continent terracotta art bears testimony to the varied and ancient traditions of its practice over five millennia. Harrappa and Mohenjodaro civilization bears the evidences of the antiquity of the craft terracotta. Molded clay is converted to masks and murals capturing the sculptor's imagination. The fable of rich Mother Earth, imparts the medium, terracotta, with such a high degree of mouldability and adaptability.
EXCAVATED TERRACOTTA OBJECTS: From the river Chalakudi, Periyar and Kodungaloor area. (The ancient seaport in India). These fragments are said to be around 3000 years old. For more information log on to www.keralahistory.net/SCRIPT/filelist_newspro. Huge earthenware jars called Nannangadi were used to bury dead bodies in olden times. This is a relic from a vanished civilization. Included in the exhibits are these relics of terracotta vassals and objects belonging to the Paleolithic age. Terracotta or baked clay has served as an important material and has been used since time immemorial for giving manifold expression to creativity. In almost all the regions, clay is fashioned in a variety of forms by the potter by his own hands. The clay or terracotta figurines from antiquity may be either art pieces or votive, ritual or votive, ritual or magical objects or mere toys but they are significant social documents typical of the age that regard them up.These weapons made of metals were in common use in the olden days.
STONE AGE TOOLS
Folklore Museum exhibits a wide range of stone age tools dates back to around 8000 years. This weapons are mainly used for hunting purpose. The stones used to sharpen these tools are also exhibited in the museum.
FOSSIL: The harder parts of animals like their bone or teeth were encased by sediments and upon a series of chemical process and replaced with new minerals which result in a very heavy rock like copy of the material. Folklore Museum exhibits a Fossil (Bone).
Excavated hollow cast bronze animals: A big collection of hollow cast bronze animal figures unearthed from Karnataka region which is believed to be the offering to god.