- Place of origin:
ca. 1857 (made)
- Materials and Techniques:
- Credit Line:
Given by W. Fleming, F.R.C.S.E.
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This is a bronze medal made in England around 1857, and signed "Pinches." The obverse of this medal represents a winged female, laurel crowned, trampling on a dead tiger, and holding a captive by a chain; in the field, "Justice," rayed. The reverse shows laurel branches and the inscription "Indian empire during the Sepoy mutinies, A. D. MDCCCLVII."
Obv., a winged female, laurel crowned, trampling on a dead tiger, and holding a captive by a chain. Rev., laurel branches and the inscription.
Place of Origin
ca. 1857 (made)
Materials and Techniques
Marks and inscriptions
"Indian empire during the Sepoy mutinies, A. D. MDCCCLVII."
Diameter: 2.5 in
Historical context note
The Rebellion of 1857 was at heart a reaction by the conservative sections of the Indian population to modernisation imposed by the British and the complete lack of knowledge and sympathy for the people amongst many British officers and governors. Both sides became caught up in a spiral of outrage, revolt and cruel reprisals. The severity of the fighting and the way it was reported in contemporary British accounts engendered strong feelings of justice and retribution which were reflected in photographs and memorabilia.
Medal, commemorating the end of the 'Indian Mutiny', English, ca. 1857
Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)
List of Objects in the Art Division, South Kensington, Acquired During the Year 1877, Arranged According to the Dates of Acquisition. London : Printed by George E. Eyre and William Spottiswoode for H.M.S.O. p. 168.
Tiger; Laurel; Female; Chains