Achkan and a lock of hair of Tatya Tope
Title Achkan and a lock of hair of Tatya Tope
Accession Number R3208
Museum Name Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata
Gallery Name National Leaders Gallery
Object Type Textile
Main Material Silk
Main Artist Unknown
Brief Description Achkan (jacket) and a lock of hair of Tatya Tope - 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.