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Address pouch circa 1875

Silk satin, silver-gilt thread, gold, gold sequins, pearls, emeralds, rubies | 31.0 x 13.6 x 1.0 cm (whole object) | RCIN 11428

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During the Prince's visited to Benares, he laid the foundation stone for a new hospital and was presented with this elaborate embroidered pouch known as a kharita, a traditional pouch used by Indian rulers to deliver messages. This kharita is embroidered with a lion and a unicorn to represent the British royal arms and on the reverse, two fishes to represent the royal crest of Benares.
  • Creator(s)

    Indian (nationality)

  • 31.0 x 13.6 x 1.0 cm (whole object)

  • Silk bag and address

  • Presented to King Edward VII, when Prince of Wales, during his tour of India in 1875-76 by Ishwari Prasad Narayan Singh, Maharaja of Benares and other nobles of Benares. The address was presented to the Prince on 5 January 1876 when he laid the foundation stone for a new hospital in Benares. The hospital, named after the Prince of Wales, opened in 1877.

    • Arts, Recreation, Entertainment & Sport
      • Art needlework
        • Tassels
      • Decorative motifs
        • Rosettes
    • Natural Sciences & Mathematics
      • Zoology
        • Animals
          • Fish