Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s golden quiver to be auctioned in London

London, October 10 

A gold-thread-embroidered, velvet-clad leather bow and arrow holder made for Maharaja Ranjit Singh leads a set of Indian treasures to go under the hammer in London later this month.

The exquisite quiver, believed to have been made for ceremonial purposes rather than to be used in battle by the Sikh emperor – known as the Lion of Punjab – is estimated to fetch between 80,000 pounds and 120,000 pounds when it comes up for auction at the Bonhams Islamic and Indian Art sale on October 23.

“This is a wonderful piece from the fabled Treasury of Lahore, and the circumstantial evidence points to it being the one made in 1838 for Ranjit Singh, the state’s greatest and most famous leader,” said Oliver White, Bonhams Head of Indian and Islamic Art.

It is believed that the Maharaja commissioned a quiver in 1838 to wear at the wedding of his eldest son and heir, Kharak, and he appears to be wearing the one in the sale – or one extremely similar to it – in a painting of the same year by the French artist Alfred de Dreaux, now in the Louvre Museum in Paris, the auction house said. — PTI


Other items to go under hammer

  • Emerald and seed-pearl necklace of Jindan Kaur, wife of Maharaja Ranjit Singh
  • Mughal emerald seal made for Marian Hastings, second wife of Warren Hastings
  • The ‘Lockwood Kipling Album’, a collection of 120 photographs showcasing India of the 19th century
  • The Samsara Collection of Indian Paintings, comprising 44 miniatures