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Crafts Of The Punjab: Explore The V&A's South Asian Collection

Maharaja Ranjit Singh's throne -  © Victoria & Albert Museum, London

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Herbert Art Gallery & Museum,
Jordan Well
Coventry
West Midlands
CV1 5QP

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For thousands of years, the Punjab region of the Indian subcontinent has been a cultural crossroad, resulting in a rich and vibrant legacy of arts and crafts.

Seen in the most everyday objects, the delicate and detailed artistry of local craftspeople has been woven into fabrics, carved into furniture and engraved on precious ornaments for centuries.

Using the exceptional collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum, Crafts of the Punjab has been created especially for the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, and presents the extensive range of arts and crafts made across the area from the 2nd to the19th century.

Discover the skilful art of Buddhist, Hindu and Jain sculpture, Amritsar’s delicately carved ivories, Hoshiarpur’s elaborate musical instruments and Sialkot’s gold-inlaid steel artefacts. One of the most extraordinary pieces on show will be the Golden Throne made by a Muslim craftsman in Lahore for Ranjit Singh, the first Sikh Maharaja of the Punjab.

Journey across the ‘land of five rivers’, and uncover the cross-cultural influences that shaped this remarkable region, now divided between India and Pakistan.

Featuring never before exhibited objects, famous artefacts and unique masterpieces of craftsmanship, this is a rare opportunity to view these stunning works outside London.

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We are conveniently situated in the heart of Coventry City centre, adjacent to Coventry Cathedral and University. We have excellent transport links with a bus stop just outside the gallery and at just a 10 minute walk from Coventry train station

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Nearest station: Coventry

Maharaja Ranjit Singh's throne -  © Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Maharaja Ranjit Singh's throne -  © Victoria & Albert Museum, London

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