The highlight of this museum in Puducherry is certainly the collection of exquisite bronzes belonging to the Chola era. There are 18 original pieces along with a replica of the Dancing Shiva which was part of an image sent as a gift to the king of Siam in 1684. The pieces on display represent Hindu deities such as Shiva, Vishnu and Krishna. Poetic epigraphs inscribed on some of these sculptures add an air of mystery to this artefact collection. Bronze vessels and bronzes from the Chola period were not made for decorative purposes but had a deeper religious significance. The bronzes in the museum collection were actually used for holding offerings or food and not for worship purposes.