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Address pouch circa 1875

Silk satin, silver-gilt thread, gold, gold sequins, pearls, emeralds, rubies | 31.0 x 13.6 x 1.0 cm (whole object) | RCIN 11428

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During the Prince's visited to Benares, he laid the foundation stone for a new hospital and was presented with this elaborate embroidered pouch known as a kharita, a traditional pouch used by Indian rulers to deliver messages. This kharita is embroidered with a lion and a unicorn to represent the British royal arms and on the reverse, two fishes to represent the royal crest of Benares.