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A Cultural Compass
For the World Traveler
A Cultural Compass
For the World Traveler

Ranjit Singh: Sikh, Warrior, King

Maharaja Ranjit Singh, c. 1835–38.

Hertford House, Manchester Square, London W1U 3BN, United Kingdom

In the early–19th century, Ranjit Singh conquered the area of Punjab—modern day Pakistan—after decades spent dealing with Afghan invasion. The country flourished. Hailed as the ultimate Maharajah and the “Lion of Punjab,” Singh took 30 women as his wives. Jewelry, miniature paintings, and elaborate weaponry went into production during his reign, and among his treasure was the Koh-i-Noor diamond, a large and legendary gemstone weighing 105.6 carats. It was later ceded to Queen Victoria, in 1849, and for a time was set in the Crown of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother. This exhibition presents 100 stunning relics from Singh’s reign, a glimpse into rich world he inhabited. —Elena Clavarino

Photo: © Toor Collection

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