London, Aug 26: A Sikh Fortress Turban of 19th Century has gone on display at the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum in the British city of Coventry from Aug 24.
The 20-yard-long turban, which is believed to be worn by Sikh warriors is on loan from the British Museum to the Herbert Museum and will be on display till Nov 17.
The headgear, known as Dastaar Boonga, is a type distinct to the original Sikh warriors, the Akali Nihangs.
The turban’s tall, conical structure is like a tower or fortress which would protect both the hair and the head in battle.
“The ornaments on this particular Sikh Fortress Turban include a modified Rattray Battalion badge, which suggests that it may have associations with the British Army battalion raised by Captain Thomas Rattray in Lahore in 1856,” the Art Daily newspaper quoted exhibitions officer Jessica Pinson as saying.
Its conical shape would allow warriors to store weapons like daggers, swords and metal throwing discs for easy access in battle.
The exhibition gives the public a chance to learn about the history of the Sikh faith and celebrate the city’s social diversity.