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photograph of current display in the Grand Vestibule

A display highlighting the interaction between the monarchy and the wider world

Indian

Perfume holders circa 1870 - 1875

RCIN 11318

Grand Vestibule, Windsor Castle

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Natural perfumes known as attar were offered to visitors at the Indian court. The fragrances were stored in holders such as these. Each gold vessel is in the form of a lion holding a spout between its paws. Their heads have hinged covers allowing perfume to be poured into the holder.

It was presented to King Edward VII, when Prince of Wales, during his tour of India in 1875-76. It was probably presented by Kharak Singh, Maharaja of Kapurthala (see RCIN 11317).