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Exhibition: Ranjit Singh: Sikh, Warrior, King

Location

Wallace Collection,

Manchester Square, London,
W1U 3BN

Dates

This exhibition runs from Wed, 10th Apr 2024 to Sun, 20th Oct 2024.

Forthcoming dates:

Fri,
19th Apr 2024  
(10am - 5pm)
Sat,
20th Apr 2024  
(10am - 5pm)
Sun,
21st Apr 2024  
(10am - 5pm)
Mon,
22nd Apr 2024  
(10am - 5pm)
Tue,
23rd Apr 2024  
(10am - 5pm)
Wed,
24th Apr 2024  
(10am - 5pm)
Thu,
25th Apr 2024  
(10am - 5pm)

Cost: £16

Description

The Wallace Collection explore the remarkable life and legacy of Maharaja Ranjit Singh (1780-1839), the founder of the Sikh Empire (1799-1849).

In a period riven with anarchy following decades of Afghan invasions, Ranjit Singh emerged as the Punjab region’s undisputed Maharaja by the turn of the 19th century. Possessed with an indomitable sense of destiny, his meteoric rise to power brought about the hugely influential Sikh Empire – a kingdom which created seismic change in the region, impacting the fortunes of the Mughal and British Empires and shaping the future of the Indian subcontinent.

Co-curated by Wallace Collection Director, Dr Xavier Bray, and guest curator and scholar of Sikh art, Davinder Toor, Ranjit Singh: Sikh, Warrior, King will present glittering weaponry, intricate miniature paintings and exquisite jewellery from the Sikh Empire, drawn from major public and private collections. Visitors will experience how this extraordinary individual brought about a golden age in which trade boomed, the arts flourished, and a formidable army was developed.

Featuring historic objects from Ranjit Singh’s court, courtiers and family members, including those personally owned by the Maharaja and the most famous of his wives, Maharani Jind Kaur, the exhibition will also display objects intimately connected with their son, Maharaja Duleep Singh – the deposed boy-king who was a favourite of Queen Victoria and the father of the prominent suffragette, Princess Sophia Duleep Singh.

Highlights of the works on show include an incredibly fine miniature painting of Ranjit Singh and his favourite, depicted in vibrant crimson, emerald and gold, on public display for the first time from the Toor Collection, and the dazzling throne made by Hafez Muhammad Multani for Ranjit Singh, a major loan from the Victoria & Albert Museum.
Covered in thick beaten gold and lavishly ornamented, the Golden Throne epitomises the splendour of the Maharaja’s court.

At a time when revolutionary fervour was sweeping across France and America in the late 18th century, Ranjit Singh rose to power in the ancient region of Punjab, an area that today spans Pakistan and India.

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Contact and Booking Details

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Disclaimer

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This exhibition runs from Wed, 10th Apr 2024 to Sun, 20th Oct 2024

This event runs over several days/weeks. Dates include:

April 2024

May 2024

June 2024

July 2024

August 2024

September 2024

October 2024

Location

Wallace Collection,

Manchester Square, London,
W1U 3BN

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