Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Splendours of the Subcontinent

I have been to see the current exhibition at the Cartwright Hall art gallery in Bradford: 'Splendours of the Subcontinent'. This features some of the gifts presented to the then Prince of Wales when he toured India in 1875. As you would expect the craftsmanship on display is quite exquisite. The highlight is probably this inkstand in the form of a ceremonial barge:

However, although somewhat plainer, there were some model soldiers - of which these are just a selection - which may be of interest to readers. They were made in brass using the lost wax process; in other words each is individually carved:

Mounted Indian Archer

Indian Military Elephant, driver and drummer


Honourable East India Company Native Cavalry Officer


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