Standard

The alam or standard is traditionally used in religious processions, specifically the annual Muharram ceremony in honour of the martyred Shi’i patron – Imam Husayn; grandson of the Prophet Muhammad who died during the Battle of Karbala in 680 AD; an event of great significance to the Shi’I community and their religious history. The shape of the alam also signifies the sword of Imam Ali. This is a rare 19th century copper representation, possibly from Southern India.

Date/Period
20th century
Region
South India
Dimension
Object size: 124.3 x 42.2 x 11.8 cm
Accession No.
2014-00423
Material
Copper
Collection of
Indian Heritage Centre
Category
Copper