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Arm guards eighteenth century

Steel, gold, diamonds, pearls, velvet, silk | 48.2 x 11.5 x 9.5 cm (average amongst members) | RCIN 11496

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The luxurious materials used to embellish these armguards indicate that they were designed for ceremonial wear. During the Prince's stay with the Maharaja of Gwalior, the ruler organised a military review where many of his attendants wore jewel-encrusted armour, of the same type as these dazzling armguards.
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    Northern Indian (place of production)

    Indian (nationality)

  • 48.2 x 11.5 x 9.5 cm (average amongst members)

  • Presented to King Edward VII, when Prince of Wales, during his tour of India in 1875-76 by Jayajirao Scindia, Maharaja of Gwalior. The Prince visited Gwalior on 31 January–1 February 1876, and the Maharaja held a military review in honour of the Prince's visit. The opulence of the Maharaja's court was recorded by William Howard Russell, writer of the official tour diary, who noted that many of the Maharaja's soldiers and attendants wore jewel-encrusted armour. The Maharaja himself wore 'a scarlet tunic, with gold facings, diamonds and gems…his cap blazing with jewels and ornamented with an egret plume from a diamonds socket'.

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