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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the Third Anglo-Mysore War, in which the famed Mysorean ruler Tipu Sultan was defeated. The Tipu, whose symbol was the tiger, had a famous toy made called “Tipu’s Tiger”. It was an automaton of a tiger attacking a life-size British soldier. It made roaring and screaming noises when played
Tipu's Tiger, an 18th-century automata with its keyboard visible in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
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.
MECHANICAL ORGAN Mysore, India. 1793. Painted wood with metal fixtures. © Victoria and Albert Museum. "Tippoo's Tiger" was made for Tipu Sultan, ruler of Mysore in South India (1782-1799). The almost life-size wooden semi-automaton consists of a tiger mauling a prostrate figure in European clothes. An organ is concealed inside the tiger's body, and when a handle at the side is turned, the organ can be played and the man's arm simultaneously lifts up and down. Intermittent noises are supposed to imitate the wails of the dying man. The tiger was discovered by the British in the palace at Tipu Sultan's capital after the Siege of Seringapatam in 1799. The invading army stormed through a breach in the ramparts and, in the ensuing chaos, Tipu and a great many of his soldiers, generals and the citizens of the town were killed. The victorious troops then rampaged through the city, looting valuables from the palace and from private houses, until Colonel Arthur Wellesley (later the Duke of Wellington) gave an order for hanging and flogging which quickly restored order. The contents of the royal treasury were then valued and divided between the British army over the next weeks according to the conventional practice of the period. Some time later, the tiger was discovered in the music room of the palace and was shipped to London, where it arrived in 1800. It was sent to East India House, the headquarters of the East India Company which housed a library and new museum, and soon became one of the most popular exhibits. The Indian Museum, as it became known, moved several times before parts of the collection, including Tipu's tiger, were transferred to the South Kensington Museum, later renamed the Victoria and Albert Museum.
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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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Brahma. Painting. South, India. 1825. Opaque watercolour on paper. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Painting Sculpting, Indian Life, Painting'S Pintura, Indian God, Hindu Culture, 1825, Art Blends, Lord Brahma, Brahma Painting
Brahma (Painting) | V&A Search the Collections
Painting. India. 1770s. Painted in opaque watercolour and gold on paper. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Illuminated, Art Ii, Exotic Art, Muralstyl Painting, Indian Mythology, Manuscript Painting, Asian Art, Culture, Indian Painting
Indian manuscript painting
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Sculpture. Madras, India. 12th century. Copper alloy. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
13Th Century, Things Oriental, Искусство Индии, Indian Life, Antiquus Sculpers, Albert Museums, 12Th Century, Tamil Nadu, Copper Alloy
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
Colourless Beryl, Indian Life, Elephant Goad, Museums Numbers, Colourless Sapphire, Ankus Gold, Albert Museums, Goad Ankus, Gold Sets
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
Plain White, Coromandel Coast, Antiques Quilt, 1700 1750, 17001750 India, Quilt Chintz, White Cotton, Chintz Palampore, Cotton 17001750
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.
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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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Chintz yoke, Indian c. 1715 | V&A Search the Collections
Chintz yoke | V&A Search the Collections
Palampore. Coromandel Coast, India. 1740. Painted and dyed cotton chintz. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Indian Palampore, Antiques Quilt, Antiques Textiles, Blockprint Fabrics, Antiques Fabrics, Antiquevintag Textiles, Antique Vintage Textiles, Circa 1740, Cotton Chintz
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Gown. Coromandel Coast, India. 18th century. Painted and dyed cotton chintz, lined with linen. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Chintz Fabrics, Mourning Wear, Silk Pattern, French Woven, Woven Silk, Early 18Th, Century Gowns, Chintz Gowns 18Th Century, Northern Holland
1700-1725 Indian-made Gown (back view) at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London - From the curators' comments: "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
Capa 1750, Coromandel Coast, Painting Textiles, Backgrounds Chintz, Capes 1750, 18Th Century, India Chintz, Dyed Cotton, Cotton Chintz
Cape. Blue background chintz! Painted and dyed cotton chintz. 1750. Coromandel Coast, Inda. V
Cape 1750, india chintz
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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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From the ever-amazing V and A: Banyan. Coromandel Coast, India. 1750-1775. Cotton chintz painted and dyed, and lined with block-printed cotton. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Banyan, V&A, Museum number: T.215-1992
Man's Banyan, 1750-1775. Indian Cotton Chintz painted and dyed, lined with block printed cotton.
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
1867 Paris, Huqqa India, Hookahs Wonderland, High Victorian, Decor Hookahs, 1860S, Smoke Stands, Albert Museums, Paris Exhibitions
Huqqa India, 1860s The Victoria & Albert Museum
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.
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
Vintage Jewellery, Royal Jewelry, Necklaces Necklaces, Madras Necklaces, 1850, Antiques Items
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
Indian Life, Mixed Media, Graphics Design, Nice Stuff, History European, Dyed Cotton, Albert Museums, Decor Art, Cotton Chintz
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.
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Palanquin; Palkee. Photograph. India. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Искусство Индии, Indian Life, Museums Numbers, Palk Photographers, Albert Museums
Palanquin; Palkee (Photograph) | V&A Search the Collections
Sugar bowl and cover. Mawji, Oomersi. Bhuj, India. Silver, punched, hammered and burnished. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Kutch Silver, Tea Sets, Indian Teas, Indian Life, Antiques Indian, Things Teas, Indian Silver, Teas Sets, Albert Museums
Indian tea set in Kutch silver
Indian tea set - Victoria and Albert Museum
Antique Indian silver tea set
Painting. Tagore, Gaganendranath. Calcutta, India. 1915. Watercolour on paper. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
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Painting | Tagore, Gaganendranath | V&A Search the Collections
Model. About 1840. Painted wood © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
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Model (Model) | 1840 The model shows minor judiciary proceedings as conducted during the final decades of the East India Company's adminstration which in essentials was the system inherited by the Raj from 1858.
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Cradle. Coromandel Coast, India. Carved and pierced ebony. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Indian Cradle, carved with a mixture of Christian and Hindu Subjects of carved and pieced ebony! 1660-1680
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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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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)
Early 19th century painting of Lord Krishna dancing on a lotus.
Panel. Cochin, India. Carved teak wood. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Искусство Индии, Indian Life, Teak Wood, Carvings Teak, Albert Museums
Panel | V&A Search the Collections
Photograph. Beato, Felice. Lucknow, India. Albumen photographic print. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London