This is part of a bed cover made in Gujarat in 1725-50. It is linen embroidered(by hand) with silk thread in a chain stitch. This has been made for the export market.
This is printed fabric from South East India c.1660
Part of an 18th cent embroidered floor covering.
Afterwards I walked through a few of the many, many rooms that make up the museum and chose some of my favourite exhibits to share with you.
There are many different collections in the museum containing a total of 2.75 million objects, of which 60,000 are on display in the museum at any one time. This marble statue of Samson slaying a Phillistine is by Giambologna and is the only one to have left Italy. It came to London in 1623 and soon became the most famous Italian sculpture in England.
The huge Cast Courts which display reproductions of medieval and Renaissance Europe.
This figure is from Ancient China and dates back to 1200. Originally it was painted in bright colours but during the Ming dynasty, the Guanyin was repainted to look like guilded bronze.
From Egypt, this glass cup was made sometime between 1000-1200
There is always the discussion about whether we should hold treasures in our Museums from other countries but knowing how much destruction is happening in the Middle East in the current climate I was pleased to see this item from Hama in Syria. It is a marble ablutions fountain which provided clean water so that the faithful can wash before prayer.
Tipoo's Tiger is a life sized tiger eating a European. Inside the tiger is a mechanical organ which replicates the growls of the tiger and the cries of the victim! It came to the V and A in 1879 when the Indian Museum's collection was split up.
The Museum owns a number of clothing collections from these dresses of the 60s and 70s
I desperately tried to get a decent photo of this but the lighting wasn't working in the cabinet and the flash just created reflections so this was the best I could manage. This was given to Sir Francis Drake by Elizabeth I possibly in honour of his defeat of the Spanish Armada in 1588. A portrait of him in 1591 shows him wearing the jewel.
In the jewellery room is this locket, a gift from Queen Elizabeth I to her Vice Chamberlain Sir Thomas Heneage. The front shows the Queen whilst on the back is a boat sailing peacefully on stormy seas. These signs of favours were rich with Tudor imagery. It is made from gold with enamel, encrusted with diamonds and rubies.
The Gloucester Candlestick is another precious Museum masterpiece of medieval art.
The luck of Edenhall
This Syrian glass is one of the most famous exhibits in the Museum. Its pristine condition is rare for an item that dates back to 1350.