19 Jun 2017 Artefacts
Physicians as Professionals in Medieval India
By Dr. Syed Ali Nadeem Rezavi

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A doctor with a female patient
Lucknow, ca.1850

Inscribed at top in Persian characters with identification:
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 3 May 2017 Artefacts
Rectangular Vai??ava stamp, on which are depicted the Vi??upada; cakra, 'sankha, gada and padma; filled with laksana. The top edge of the stamp is crenallated.
Made of bronze. Inscribed.

Made in Bengal

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 5 Dec 2016 Artefacts
Gold Coin Showing King Chandragupta II as an Archer

Gupta period
ca. 376?414

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? 2000?2016 The Metropolitan Museum of Art Read More
 3 Dec 2016 Artefacts
Inkpot of the Emperor Jahangir
dated A.H. 1028/A.D. 1618?19

Sturdy, monumental, artfully rounded, richly adorned, and so weighty and well balanced that it could hardly be overturned, this dignified and useful inkpot can be seen as a poetic visual symbol of the empire inherited by Jahangir. If hi... Read More
 20 May 2016 Artefacts
Pendant with Narasimha

India, Jammu and Kashmir, Kashmir region
9th-10th century
Copper alloy inlaid with silver; traces of paint

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 19 Feb 2016 Artefacts
A highly important Sultanate gem-set gold Ring made for Mu'izz al-Din Muhammad bin Sam (AH 569-602/ AD 1173-1206), the first Muslim conqueror of Delhi.

All six gems in the ring are set in kundan technique; the ring with three bezel set octahedral diamonds, the underside of its bezel with an insc... Read More
 9 Dec 2015 Artefacts
Seal of the Chola King Rajendra I (reigned 1012-1044)
India, Tamil Nadu, 1012-1044

Copper alloy

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 10 Nov 2015 Artefacts
The famous Sword of Tipu Sultan was found in Tipu's bed-chamber after he was defeated by the British on May 4th, 1799. The Sword was publicly presented by General Harris to General Baird, who had led the assault. On behalf of the British Army, it was presented by Major Allan, Deputy Quarter-Maste... Read More
 17 Feb 2015 Artefacts
Probably the earliest known representation of Shiva:

Gold dinar, c. 200-225 CE
Weight: 8.02 gm., Diam: 21 mm., Die axis: 12 o'clock

Crowned, diademed king standing facing, nimbate, holding trident and sacrificing at altar at left, second trident above fire altar, Bactrian legend around:
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 21 Jun 2014 Artefacts
An important gem-set gold Navratna Pendant from the Treasury of Tipu Sultan, The Tiger of Mysore (1750-99), Mysore (Seringapatam), late 18th Century

Octagonal, set with a large central cushion flat back cabochon Columbian emerald, within a border of topaz, blue sapphire, zircon, cat's eye, ruby,... Read More
 31 Mar 2014 Artefacts
A suite of Victorian Pet?bgarh jewellery, India.

Comprising a necklace, bracelet and brooch; the frontispiece of the necklace comprising a series of green glass set pearshaped and oval plaques, suspending three pearshaped drops, all depicting scenes of wildlife amongst foliage, including peacock... Read More
 17 Mar 2014 Artefacts
Two bronze Pumps (pichkari) for the festival of Holi
India, 19th Century

Of cylindrical form with polychrome painted turned wooden handles and spouts emanating from terminals in the form of an elephant and makara head.
The larger 55 cm. long (approx.)

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 27 Feb 2014 Artefacts
Shiva Lingam Stone

Narmada River
Central Highland

Collected in the Narmada River as sacred stones by Hindus for over 4,000 years, lingams are ancient sacred objects. As symbols of Shiva, they are believed to impart powers of fertility. According to local belief, lingams were marked by a m... Read More
 12 Jan 2014 Artefacts
Brahmanical temple cloth of coarse cotton fabric painted, chiefly in red and black, with Vaishnava subjects illustrating the incarnations (avatares) of the Hindu deity Vishnu.

18th century
Tamil Nadu, India

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 6 Jan 2014 Artefacts
Gond musical instrument made of wood, cord (vegetable fibre).

'Wood musical instrument; each arm terminates in a clapper, which is pierced and secured by a vegetable fibre cord. "Chatka". Makes a "clapping noise" when strings are pulled (strings missing).'

19th century
Chhindwara District

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 26 Dec 2013 Artefacts
Wine-ewer made of silver inlaid and engraved steel.

19th century

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 16 Dec 2013 Artefacts
Box, rosewood, Trivandrum, 1898-1905

This rosewood box was made in Travancore (modern-day Kerala). It has mounted plaques of koftgari work. Koftgari is the technique of inlaying pure silver or, less frequently, gold wire, into a steel ground. The designs worked on these plaques represent birds... Read More
 14 Dec 2013 Artefacts
Writng box and games board, rosewood, c.1855 or c.1867, Calcutta.

This writing case has several uses. The lid is marked out for various games, including cribbage, chess and fox and geese. It lifts up and folds out into a velvet-lined writing slope with compartments for ink, pens and paper. The... Read More
 13 Dec 2013 Artefacts
Card board game, Patchesi, made in England by John Jaques & Son Ltd in the 1890s

Pachisi has been played in India for many centuries and is considered the country's national game. The name is derived from the Indian word for 25, which is the highest throw of cowrie shell dice. The game was int... Read More
 13 Dec 2013 Artefacts
Pachisi game board of wood, straw and cotton made in India in the 1970s

Pachisi is considered as a national game of India and it was introduced into England towards the end of the 19th century, hence Jaques patent of 1887. Pachisi is usually played on a cross shaped panel of cloth created from a... Read More