The Victoria and Albert ( V and A) Museum is all set to signal a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Maharashtra authorities subsequent week, which is able to see seventeenth century Tiger Claws’ weapon believed to have belonged to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj make a journey again to India for an exhibition.
Throughout a protracted army engagement in 1659, the legendary Maratha chief held metallic claws, or wagh nakh, hid in his hand and is alleged to have disembowelled his opponent Afzal Khan the commander of the opposing Bijapur military.
It’s believed, although unverified, that the set of claws then got here into the possession of James Grant Duff, an officer of the East India Firm who was appointed Resident or political agent of the Satara state in 1818 and gifted to the V and A by a descendant.
The V and A seems ahead to welcoming senior management from the Maharashtra authorities, to signal a memorandum of understanding, a V and A spokesperson mentioned.
The story of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s conquer Afzal Khan is famous, so we’re delighted that the Tiger Claws’ will return to India as a part of the 350th anniversary occasions the place they are often loved as a part of the celebrations. We hope that their show may also allow new analysis into their historical past and sit up for working in partnership with colleagues within the months forward as we develop plans for his or her show, the spokesperson mentioned.
The MoU, anticipated to be signed on Tuesday, coincides with Maharashtra’s 350th anniversary celebrations of the coronation of Chhatrapati Shivaji. It’s then anticipated to be dispatched to India later this yr for an agreed interval.
In accordance with the V and A, the weapon is accompanied by a fitted case made after Grant Duff returned to Scotland. The inscription on the case reads: The ‘Wagnuck’ of Sivajee With Which He Killed the Moghul Basic. This Relic was given to Mr. James Grant-Duff of Eden When he was Resident at Satara By the Prime Minister of the Peshwa of the Marathas”.
In accordance with historic accounts, Shivaji and Afzal Khan had organized a truce after political upheavals in an effort to meet in a tented enclosure, nearly alone.
The V and An outline of the historical past of the ‘Tiger Claws’ explains: Each got here armed: Shivaji wore mail below his garments and metallic cranium safety below his turban. He additionally held a metallic Tiger Claws’ weapon hid in his hand. The 2 males fought, and Shivaji disembowelled his opponent.
The final Peshwa (Prime Minister) of the Marathas, Baji Rao II, surrendered to the British in June 1818 after defeat within the Third Anglo-Maratha Warfare and was banished to Bithoor close to Kanpur. It’s potential he additionally surrendered this weapon to Grant Duff. It has not been potential to confirm whether or not these tiger claws are those utilized by Shivaji practically 160 years earlier.