Akali turban, with steel quoits; Sikh, Punjab, mid 19th century


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A larger image of this Akali turban, with steel quoits; Sikh, Punjab, mid 19th century.

Physical description: A tall conical turban made of black cotton over a cane base, to which is attached a vertical spike to which are attached scimitar-shaped horns. Around this structure are slung nine quoits - ring-shaped, sharp-edges steel weapons of varying sizes.
Place of Origin: Punjab, India
Date: mid 19th century
Artist/maker: Unknown
Materials and Techniques: Cotton on a cane base, ringed with steel quoits
Museum number: 3458:1to:11/(IS)
Source: Victoria and Albert Museum

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