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Quoit turban

Quoit turban

  • Place of origin:

    Punjab (made)

  • Date:

    mid 19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Cotton on a cane base, ringed with steel quoits

  • Credit Line:

    Transferred from the India Museum in 1879

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

A tall conical turban made of black cotton over a cane base, to which is attached a vertical spike to which are attached scimitar-shaped horns. Around this structure are slung nine quoits - ring-shaped, sharp-edges steel weapons of varying sizes.

Place of Origin

Punjab (made)


mid 19th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Cotton on a cane base, ringed with steel quoits

Descriptive line

Akali turban, with steel quoits; Sikh, Punjab, mid 19th century

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Lord Egerton of Tatton, Indian and Oriental Armour, London, 1896, p. 130, Cat. No. 613
p. 64, cat. no. 46
Hats from India / Rosemary Crill. [London]: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1985 Number: 0948107308

Production Note

Transferred from the India Museum to South Kensington Museum in 1879


Arms & Armour; Hats & headwear; Textiles; India Museum


South & South East Asia Collection

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