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An image of Rani of Jhansi Lakshmi Bhai by Chitrashala Press

Chitrashala Press

(India 1878 – )

Rani of Jhansi Lakshmi Bhai
Place of origin
late 19th century-early 20th century
Media category
Materials used

50.9 x 38.5 cm

Gift of Jim Masselos 2011
Accession number
Upper Asian gallery
Further information

The Rani of Jhansi was a leader in the 1857 uprising. She remains the stuff of legends, the warrior queen on horseback fighting for the restoration of her kingdom. Her military prowess was greater than any other rebel leader and she was the only major leader to die on the battlefield. In this image, she is shown dressed for battle holding a sword and shield, yet she is both militaristic and feminine. The print is from the Chitrashala press in Poona, one of the centres of nationalist resistance to British rule after the British victory during the Indian Rebellion in 1857. Three inscriptions, probably in Hindi, along the base.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, February 2011.

Exhibition history (2)

East of India - forgotten trade with Australia, Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney, 01 Jun 2013–18 Aug 2013

Conversations through the Asian collections, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 25 Oct 2014–05 Sep 2015