Coventry & Warwickshire

Sikh warrior turban in Herbert Museum exhibition in Coventry

Fortress turban
Image caption The turban is tied by entwining long hair with the cloth

A turban worn by Sikh warriors serving in the British Indian Army in the 19th Century has gone on display in Coventry.

The Fortress turban is on loan from the British Museum to the Herbert Museum.

It is known as a dastaar boonga, and is distinct to the original Sikh warriors, the Akali Nihangs, the museum said.

The tall conical structure of the turban would allow warriors to store daggers, swords and metal throwing discs for easy use in battle.

Exhibitions Officer Jessica Pinson said the Herbert was holding a programme of events and talks related to the exhibition, which runs until November.

"It gives the public the chance to learn about the history of the Sikh faith and celebrate the city's social diversity," she said.

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