Achkan (jacket) and a lock of hair of Tatya Tope.
|Title||Achkan (jacket) and a lock of hair of Tatya Tope.|
|Museum Name||Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata|
|Gallery Name||National Leaders Gallery|
|Provenance||The Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India.|
|Brief Description||Colour - black with golden zari work and red border. Made of silk material. Worn by Ramachandra Pandurang Tope (1814 - 18 April 1859), popularly known as Tatya Tope, who was a leader of the Revolt of 1857, widely regarded as the First War of Indian Independence. He was Nana Sahib's close associate and - though without formal military training - was probably the best and most effective of the rebels' generals. He played a key part in the siege of Gwalior and the Kanpur massacre. Even after the Revolt was 1857 was put down by the British, Tatya Tope continued resistance as a guerrilla fighter in the jungles. Eventually he was betrayed into the hands of the British by a trusted friend, and executed by the British in April 1859.|