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Francis Bedford (1815-94)

Works of Art Exhibited at Marlborough House, 1854: Top of a Sandalwood Box from India 1854

Albumen print | 12.1 x 18.6 cm (image) | RCIN 2800230

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Photograph of the lid of a carved sandalwood box. The lid depicts Shiva and his consort Parvati (Umamaheshvara) riding on his sacred bull, Nandi, flanked by a pair of dancers. The central panel is framed by a series of richly decorated borders.

The box, or casket, depicted was displayed at the Great Exhibition in 1851 and is now held by the Victoria and Albert Museum.
  • Creator(s)

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    Francis Bedford (1815-94) (photographer)

  • 12.1 x 18.6 cm (image)

  • 'Top of a Sandalwood Box from India'

  • Commissioned by Henry Cole. Later acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    Subject(s)
    • Places
      • Europe
        • Great Britain
          • England
            • Greater London [England]
              • London [Greater London]
                • City of Westminster
                  • Marlborough House [London]
      • Asia
        • India
    • Science, Medicine and Technology
      • Agriculture and related techniques
        • Animal husbandry
          • Goats
    • Arts, Recreation, Entertainment & Sport
      • Decorative techniques & surface decoration
        • Floral decorations