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Award for Merit: CM.157-1917

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Ruler: Sayaji Rao III (1875-1938)
Ruler: Khande Rao (1857-71) (Struck in the name of)
Artist: Doyle-Jones, F. W.
State: Baroda




One of a set of nine bronze plaquettes depicting successive rulers of the Indian state of Baroda, that were created to be awarded to students of the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, the foundation of the commissioning monarch, Sir Sayajirao Gaekwar III (1875-1938). A set each was awarded at the creation of the series to the British Museum, the Fitzwilliam and the Bodleian Library in Oxford. The intention was that the dynastic history of the state be spread through the land by the awarding of these plaquettes to its most successful students, but in the event the program was never fulfilled, and these interesting and unusual pieces remain extremely rare.

Place(s) associated

  • Vadodara

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1917-04-21) by Gaekwad, Sayajirao, III, His Highness Maharaja of Baroda


Production date: before AD 1917-04-21

Components of the work

Object composed of bronze Diameter 49.8 mm Weight 139.04 g

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: Portrait of Khanderao Gaekwad facing with artist's signature vertically behind, legends in Devenagari above and in exergue

  • Text: [Srimant Maharaja / Khanderao Gaikwad // Gadinashin i. sa. 1857 / Swargavasi i. sa. 1871]
  • Location: Obverse
  • Type: Design

Inscription present: Profile portrait of Sayajirao Gaikwad III left, state emblem of Baroda and legend above and legend in exergue

  • Text: [Srimant Maharaja / Sayajirao Gaikwad // [blank] ne kaushalya mate [blank]
  • Location: Reverse
  • Type: Design

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Identification numbers

Accession number: CM.157-1917
Primary reference Number: 156632
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 15 January 2013 Last processed: Tuesday 13 June 2023

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Coins and Medals

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