Sikh fortress turban
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In 2011, the British Museum worked together with the Sikh community to put a 19th century Sikh fortress turban on display.
This partnership involved members of the Sikh community supporting the Museum with the conservation, display and interpretation of this object of faith.
A key part of the consultation was the contribution of contemporary thoughts about the role and significance of the turban past and present. These were recorded and formed part of the audio playing within the exhibition. Here is a selection of these interviews:
Sikh Akali-Nihang turban (dastaar boonga), blue cloth (21st century) with steel blades and quoits, Punjab, India, 19th century.
About the object
Sikh fortress turban, Punjab, India, late 19th century
This Sikh fortress turban is a rare object of which only five exist in Britain. This particular one is wrapped around a wooden cone and was made for a ceremonial purpose rather than every day wear.
The turban displayed weapons, including two double-edged swords, six throwing discs, one dagger, and a badge of the 45th Rattray’s Sikh Battalion, which eventually became the 3rd Battalion Sikh Regiment of the present-day Indian Army.
The turban was on display at the Museum from April to July 2011
Unravel the stories of this warrior’s turban
Tying a traditional Sikh
How to tie a traditional Sikh turban
On tour until November 2014
The Herbert Art Gallery
& Museum, Coventry
24 August – 17 November 2013
22 February – 18 May 2014
New Walk Museum, Leicester
24 May – 17 August 2014
Museum & Winter Gardens
23 August – 16 November 2014