The Victoria and Albert Museum is the world's greatest museum of art and design, with collections unrivalled in their scope and diversity. It contains 3000 years' worth of amazing artefacts from many of the world's richest cultures including ceramics, furniture, fashion, glass, jewellery, metalwork, photographs, sculpture, textiles and paintings. The main museum building is in South Kensington and attracts over 2 million visitors each year. Admission is free.
Two major galleries in the Museum display highlights from the museum's Asian collections. A gallery of early Indian art shows a key selection of sculpture dating from 200 BC to 1500 AD. A further gallery shows the spread of cultural influence from India to the Himalayan region and South-East Asia. The Nehru Gallery of Indian Art displays some of the most important objects in the collection produced in the period 1500 to 1900. They include individual works of art of supreme importance: the jade wine cups commissioned and owned by the Mughal emperors Jahangir and Shah Jahan; folios from imperial copies of the Hamza Nama (the Romance of Hamza) and the Akbar Nama (the History of Akbar); the unique mechanical organ (Tippoo's Tiger) created for Tipu Sultan of Mysore; the Golden Throne of Ranjit Singh. Other unrivalled works demonstrate India's long involvement in international trade and the effect of European colonial rule on Indian art.
The Victoria and Albert Museum is contributing 60 images to Plant Cultures - covering a diverse range of objects and art.
Victoria and Albert Museum
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Sikhs and the Arts of the Panjab
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