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Indian Life and Culture

In our exhibition, MF Husain: Master of Modern Indian Painting, Indian life and culture is celebrated through the artist’s vibrant and colourful vision. This board brings together some of the most beautiful and influential examples of Indian art and design to be found in our collections.

Tippoo's Tiger. Mechanical organ. Mysore, India. 1793. Painted wood with metal fixtures. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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Chinnamasta. Subramanyan, K. G. India. 1991. Painted in varnished gouache on paper. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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Figure. Madras, India. 11th century. Copper alloy. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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Brahma. Painting. South, India. 1825. Opaque watercolour on paper. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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Painting. India. 1770s. Painted in opaque watercolour and gold on paper. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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Sculpture. Madras, India. 12th century. Copper alloy. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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Elephant goad (ankus). Jaipur, India. 1870. Gold, enamelled and set with natural colourless sapphires, and possibly colourless beryls and topazes. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Quilt. Coromandel Coast, India. 1700-1750. Cotton, mordant-dyed and resist-dyed; wadded with cotton and quilted; lined with plain white cotton. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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Chintz yoke. Coromandel Coast, India. 1710-1720. Painted and dyed cotton chintz. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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  • Abhijit Pawaskar

    Chintz.....saw this book amazing designs and love the intricacy and use of limited colours with traditional approach

Palampore. Coromandel Coast, India. 1740. Painted and dyed cotton chintz. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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Cape. Coromandel Coast, India. 1750. Painted and dyed cotton chintz, lined with linen and wool. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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Banyan. Coromandel Coast, India. 1750-1775. Cotton chintz painted and dyed, and lined with block-printed cotton. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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Huqqa. Hamilton & Company. Calcutta, India. 1860s. Blackened zinc alloy overlaid with silver (bidri). © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Huqqa | Hamilton & Company | V&A Search the Collections

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Necklace. Madras, India. 1850. Engraved gold, set with rubies, diamonds and pastes. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Necklace (Necklace) | V&A Search the Collections

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Cover. India. 1625-1685. Painted and dyed cotton chintz. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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Palanquin; Palkee. Photograph. India. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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Painting. Tagore, Gaganendranath. Calcutta, India. 1915. Watercolour on paper. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Painting | Tagore, Gaganendranath | V&A Search the Collections

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Cradle. Coromandel Coast, India. Carved and pierced ebony. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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Panel. Cochin, India. Carved teak wood. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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Photograph. Beato, Felice. Lucknow, India. Albumen photographic print. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photograph | Beato, Felice | V&A Search the Collections

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