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.
Indian Life and Culture
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Tippoo's Tiger. Mechanical organ. Mysore, India. 1793. Painted wood with metal fixtures. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
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Tippoo's Tiger is a wooden model of a tiger attacking a European was made for Tipu Sultan, ruler of Mysore in India, in the 1790s. A mechanical organ inside the figure imitates the growling of the tiger and the man's moans.
Tippoos Tiger, India, 1793 The Victoria Albert Museum
Tipu's Tiger (or Tippoo's Tiger) is an 18th century automaton or mechanical toy created for Tipu Sultan, the ruler of the Kingdom of Mysore in India. The carved and painted wood casing represents a tiger savaging a near life-size European man. Mechanisms inside the tiger and man's bodies make one hand of the man move, emit a wailing sound from his mouth and grunts from the tiger. In addition a flap on the side of the tiger folds down to reveal the keyboard of a small pipe organ with 18 notes. The tiger was created for Tipu and makes use of his personal emblem of the tiger and expresses his hatred of his enemy, the British of the East India Company.
Tippoo's Tiger (Mechanical organ) | V&A Search the Collections
Chinnamasta. Subramanyan, K. G. India. 1991. Painted in varnished gouache on paper. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Varnish Gouache, Indian Life, V A Search, Museums Numbers, Albert Museums, Numbers Is 28 1993
Chinnamasta | Subramanyan, K. G. | V&A Search the Collections
Figure. Madras, India. 11th century. Copper alloy. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
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Standing Sambandar, copper alloy, chola, Pandinadu, south India, mid-11th century
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Brahma. Painting. South, India. 1825. Opaque watercolour on paper. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
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Brahma (Painting) | V&A Search the Collections
Painting. India. 1770s. Painted in opaque watercolour and gold on paper. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
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Indian manuscript painting. Possibly from Andhra. Circa 19th century.
Painting | V&A Search the Collections
Sculpture. Madras, India. 12th century. Copper alloy. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
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Figure of an elephant and mahout, bronze, Tamil Nadu, 12th to 13th Century.
Sculpture | V&A Search the Collections
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
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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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Quilted chintz palampore, maker unknown, Coromandel Coast, India, about 1700-50, cotton, mordant-dyed and resist-dyed; wadded with cotton and quilted; lined with plain white cotton. #textile
Quilt | V&A Search the Collections
Chintz yoke. Coromandel Coast, India. 1710-1720. Painted and dyed cotton chintz. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
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Chintz yoke | V&A Search the Collections
Palampore. Coromandel Coast, India. 1740. Painted and dyed cotton chintz. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
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Palampore- bed cover. Coromandel Coast, Pondicherry, India. 1740. Painted and dyed cotton chintz. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
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Gown. Coromandel Coast, India. 18th century. Painted and dyed cotton chintz, lined with linen. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
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Gown Place of origin: Coromandel Coast, India (north, made) Date: 1st quarter 18th century Materials and Techniques: Painted and dyed cotton chintz, lined with linen Museum number: IS.18-1950 | V&A Chintz dresses of this cut were worn in Hindeloopen in northern Holland, although they were usually made of more colourful chintz fabric. This monochrome type was probably intended as mourning wear. The design is taken from a French woven silk pattern of the early 18th century.
early 18th century gown
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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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Cape 1750, india chintz
Cape. Blue background chintz! Painted and dyed cotton chintz. 1750. Coromandel Coast, Inda. V
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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
The loosely cut style of this banyan (a man's informal robe) is based on that of the Japanese kimono, although the word itself is derived from the Indian word, banya, for a merchant or trader. Robes like this became popular in England and Holland from the mid-17th century, and were often made up of imported Indian chintz fabric, as in this case.
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Huqqa. Hamilton & Company. Calcutta, India. 1860s. Blackened zinc alloy overlaid with silver (bidri). © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
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Old Decorative Hookah
This flamboyant water pipe was almost certainly made for the 1867 Paris exhibition. It is a hybrid of Indian and high Victorian taste.
A very fine antique hookah circa 1880
Huqqa India, 1860s The Victoria & Albert Museum
Huqqa | Hamilton & Company | V&A Search the Collections
Necklace. Madras, India. 1850. Engraved gold, set with rubies, diamonds and pastes. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
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Close up of Madras Necklace ca. 1850
Necklace (Necklace) | V&A Search the Collections
Cover. India. 1625-1685. Painted and dyed cotton chintz. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
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Cover | V&A Search the Collections
Rosewater sprinkler. Lucknow, India. 1850. Silver, cast, engraved and enamelled. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Indian Art, Lucknow Enamels, Anglo Indian, Lucknow Native, Lucknow Indian, 1850, Rosewater Sprinkler, Native American, Antiques
Rosewater sprinkler | Lucknow native american c. 1850.
Rosewater sprinkler | Lucknow Indian c. 1850.
Rosewater sprinkler | V&A Search the Collections
Sugar bowl and cover. Mawji, Oomersi. Bhuj, India. Silver, punched, hammered and burnished. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
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Indian tea set in Kutch silver
Indian tea set - Victoria and Albert Museum
Antique Indian silver tea set
Cradle. Coromandel Coast, India. Carved and pierced ebony. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Cradle | V&A Search the Collections. The shape of this cradle is based on European models made from about 1640 to 1660. However, the richly carved decoration is a mixture of Christian and Hindu subjects. Indian furniture makers on the Coromandel coast used this style of decoration on many of the pieces they made for European customers. The headboard has a carved central winged female head, which is clearly based on western versions of cherubs at the time. The head supports a scallop shell, a symbol of the Virgin Mary, with a fleur-de-lis, the royal arms of France. On either side is a mermaid - another western element, although it may have been inspired by a Hindu snake goddess with the head of a woman and the tail of a serpent (‘nagini’). The mermaids’ tails end in a flourish, a feature that relates them to south Indian representations of mythical beasts with the head and torso of a human and the tail of a fantastic bird (‘kinnaras’). The headboard and footboard carry a pair of ‘makaras’, fantastic sea beasts with the head of an elephant or crocodile and the body of a fish, often used on the top rails of chairs by furniture makers on the Coromandel coast. In colonial India, people fitted beds and cradles that had posts with a length of fine cotton fabric. Mosquito curtains were sewn to the edges of the fabric as essential protection against insects. These mosquito curtains were of local or imported Chinese gauze that was always dyed green to reduce the need for frequent cleaning. People would beat the curtains to ward off insects before getting into bed. Once in bed, they tucked the mosquito nets into the sides of the bedframe.
Cradle | V&A Search the Collections
Krishna Holding a Flute and Dancing on a Lotus. Trichinopoly, India. 1825. Gouache on watermarked paper. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
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Early 19th century painting of Lord Krishna dancing on a lotus.
An Indian painting, c.1825, portraying Krishna Holding a Flute and Dancing on a Lotus; the avatar of the Hindu god Vishnu, Krishna is depicted with his symbolic attributes, blue skin and a flute, dancing on a lotus, a symbol of purity and creation (Victoria & Albert Museum)
Photograph. Beato, Felice. Lucknow, India. Albumen photographic print. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London