BAKHTIYAR KHALJI inaugurated Muslim rule in Bengal by conquering its northwestern part in early 1205 AD. A native of Garamsir (modern Dasht-i-Marg) in northern Afghanistan, Ikhtiyaruddin Muhammad Bakhtiyar Khalji belonged to the Khalj tribe of the Turks. He entreated Muhammad Ghuri at Ghazni to ...
Sword with metal hilt entirely covered with sheet gold and set with rubies, emeralds and diamonds; the curved watered steel blade polished bright; gold overlaid parasol on one side of the blade beneath the hilt.
This beautiful neck band was worn by the horse of Colonel James Skinner. Skinner was born in 1778 in Calcutta, India. His father was a Scottish officer in the Bengal Army of the East India Company. His mother was a Rajput lady. In 1803, Skinner raised a ...
Portable shrine of Vishnu as Venkateshwara
Tirupati, late 18th century - early 19th century
Portable shrines of this kind were used by travelling priests who narrated the stories of Vishnu and his incarnations. The shrine has extendable folding doors painted with scenes of Vishnu in his vario...
The mystery of Bahadur Shah’s crown
By K.R.N. Swamy
Tribune India - June 2000
As he fled from the Red Fort at Delhi, as its capture by the Birtish became imminent on September 14, 1857, Bahadur Shah the last Mughal Emperor, carried with him his most precious treasure: a box containing three bear...
The 'Timur Ruby' necklace
Spinels, diamonds, gold, enamel
50 cm long
The spinels from the Lahore Treasury, 1849; presented to Queen Victoria by the Directors of the East India Company, 1851; the necklace made for Queen Victoria, 1853 (£220 5s. and £131 17s. 6d.; Garrards Royal Ledger, f. 31...
'Better to live a day as a tiger than a lifetime as a sheep' - Tipu Sultan
The Tiger comes to London
'Tippoo's Tiger' is an awesome, life-size beast of carved and painted wood, seen in the act of devouring a prostrate European in the costume of the 1790s. It has cast a spell ov...
EAST INDIA COMPANY TRIVIA :
• Cricket was first played in India in 1721 by the officers and men of an English ship. The game became popular in all the Company’s Presidencies and the Calcutta Cricket Club was founded in 1792.
• Some women travelled out on the East Indiamen to find a husband. But...
True book collecting is distinct from casual book ownership and the accumulation of books for reading.Book collecting is the collecting of books, including seeking, locating, acquiring, organizing, cataloging, displaying, storing, and maintaining whatever books are of interest to a given individu...