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National Museum of Scotland

Scottish Sikh Heritage Trail

The National Museum of Scotland is composed of the Royal Museum dating from the 19th century, and the Museum of Scotland which was opened in 1998.

The original Victorian section of the National Museum of Scotland is currently undergoing extensive redevelopment as part of the Royal Museum Project and is closed to visitors. Over half of the National Museum of Scotland is remaining open throughout the Royal Museum Project and the full building is set to re-open in 2011.

Currently on display in the 20th century building of the museum are a collection of artefacts which once belonged to the Maharajah Duleep Singh.  There are a number of beautiful decorative Indian artefacts which he collected, displayed together below a small portrait of the Maharajah.

The collection includes a pair of armlets each featuring two dragon heads inlaid with diamonds, rubies and emeralds. Visitors can also see a gold breast ornament with emeralds and rubies set around a small portrait of a Hindu goddess believed to be Durga riding a tiger, and an ornate pen case made of gold from Kashmir. 

The objects were donated to the museum by Major Donald Lindsay Carnegie who bought them along with several others at an auction in the late 19th century following the Maharajahs death.

The Maharajah Duleep Singh collection is part of an exhibition entitled 'Treasured: Wonderful things, amazing stories' which is a showcase of a variety of objects which have beautiful, extraordinary, or personal significance.

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