Splendours from India in Edinburgh
The Queens Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh Showing until: 22 April 2018
Dazzling works of art that brought the wonders of India to Britain at the end of the 19th century go on display in Scotland for the first time in over 130 years. Exploring the historic visit made by Albert Edward, Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII), Splendours of the Subcontinent: A Prince’s Tour of
India 1875–6 brings together some of the finest examples of Indian design and craftsmanship, presented to the Prince as part of the traditional exchange of gifts. By the end of the tour the Prince had received over 2,000 gifts from the local rulers he had met. Recognising the cultural value and artistic merit of these items, on his return to Britain he made arrangements for them to be placed on public display.
Exhibition curator Kajal Meghani admires a pair of peacock feather morchals ( flywhisks)