Dazzling treasures of India on display in new exhibition

Some of the finest Indian treasures from the Royal Collection will go on display at the New Walk Museum and Art Gallery from today.

The Splendours of the Subcontinent exhibition tells the story of the grand tour made by the Prince of Wales across India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Nepal as part of efforts to strengthen ties between the nations.

Seventy four works of art are being showcased at the New Walk Museum, including a gold durbar set and an enamelled gold and jewel encrusted crown, which were gifts presented to the Prince of Wales during the tour.

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The treasures come to the city 100 years after calls were made for the gifts to be on show in Leicester.

The exhibition coincides with the 70th anniversary of the independence of India and Pakistan.

Jonathan Marsden, Director at the Royal Collection Trust, said: “We are delighted to work with the New Walk Museum & Art Gallery to exhibit these very important items and celebrate the common heritage of the UK and the Subcontinent.”

Leicester Councillor Piara Singh Clair described the treasures as “beautiful” and “fascinating”. He said: “I am sure that people from both our diverse city and further afield will find much to inspire and reflect upon.”

The Splendours of the Subcontinent exhibition will be at the New Walk Museum & Art Gallery between 8 July – 29 October 2017.

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