Room Royale

Room Royale

The Room Royal of the Archaeological Museum houses a pre-Mutiny curtain dating to the time of poet king, Bahadur Shah Zafar. It is crafted in zardozi, a craft that was local to the Mughal capitals of Agra and Delhi. Zardozi is Persian embroidery usually done with gold wire and precious stones.

Such curtains were used as backdrops for royalty and aristocrats in their durbar halls and were hung behind their chairs. This particular curtain is believed to belong to a sipahsalar of the Baadshah as one sees ivory plaque paintings of the great Mughal rulers. Since it dates to the 1850s, it is a very important historical artefact, one that gives a glimpse of the glory and embarrassment of riches.

The Room Royal also houses rare manuscripts, miniature paintings and a handwritten manuscript of Nobel laureate and Bengali poet, Rabindranath Tagore.