Maharaja: The exhibition

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Turban ornament, Pakistan, early 18th century, Museum no. IM.240-1923

This exhibition spanned the period from the beginning of the 18th century to the mid-20th century, bringing together over 250 magnificent objects, many being lent from India's royal collections for the first time.

The exhibition examined the changing role of the maharajas within a social and historical context and revealed how their patronage of the arts, both in India and Europe, resulted in splendid and beautiful objects symbolic of royal status, power and identity.

Pair of flintlock pistols owned by Tipu Sultan
Having failed to take the great fortress of Chitor by direct assault, Akbar decided to use mines
Turban jewels (jigha and sarpati)
Tippoo's Tiger

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Event - The Great Exhibition and the V&A

Tue 12 May 2015 15:30–16:30

Christopher Marsden, Senior Archivist, talks about the importance of 1851 to the founding of the Museum, and the wealth of material from the Great Exhibition in the collections.

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