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The Great Exhibition: India No.4©

The Indian rulers chose and commissioned gifts which displayed a remarkable range of craftsmanship using techniques, skills and designs associated with the specific regions visited. Some were produced with the European market in mind, where there was a growing interest in Indian design. This interest stemmed from the many international exhibitions, including the 1851 Great Exhibition in London, where objects from the Indian subcontinent were highly commended both for their design and exquisite craftsmanship.

Jewelled ear ornaments

Many of the gemstones use foil to enhance the effect of the jewel

Detail from the blade of a talwar
Arms and armour

The Prince received a large number of weapons on the tour

Detail from a gold scabbard

Indian techniques were much admired in Europe

Enamelled detail of the centre ofa box

Enamelling began in India in the late 16th century

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