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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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Shoes: Pleasure and Pain Exhibition Poster

Shoes: Pleasure and Pain Exhibition Poster

V&A exhibition poster featuring an image by Helmut Newton form the 'HIgh & Mighty' shoot, American Vogue, February 1995. © Estate of Helm…

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Event - Exhibition Road Building

Thu 27 November 2014–Sat 15 October 2016

DISPLAY: This display is dedicated to the Exhibition Road Building Project: the largest architectural intervention undertaken in the last 100 years of the V&A’s history, which will create a beautifully designed new entrance, gallery, courtyard, shop and café

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