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Treasures of Travancore

While many of the precious treasures of India were taken away by the British during British Rule of India changing the United Kingdom of the time from an impoverished one to one of the richest in the world, some treasures were hidden from British eyes. One of these were the ancient treasures of Travancore because they were hidden securely in temple vaults. The temple and its assets belong to Lord Padmanabhaswamy, and were controlled by a trust run by the former Royal family of Travancore.

Wikipedia has this to say about its ancient treasures: -

In June 2011, the Supreme Court directed the authorities to open the secret chambers of the temple for inspection of the items kept inside. The temple has 6 vaults labeled as A to F for book keeping purpose by the Court. While vaults A and B have been unopened over the past many years, vaults C to F have been opened from time to time. ----The review of the temple's underground vaults was undertaken by a seven-member panel appointed by the…

Perfect Symmetry in Leather

A display of leather objects in perfect symmetry at the leather workshop of Master Craftsman Ariantole

*Account and photo - fictional digital art

A Crown for a King

Digital Art - The Crown of His Majesty, The Kingdom of Piland

Crown cast as an alloy of 24% Zinc, 1 % Chromium, 25% Gold, 45% Silver and 5% Platinum  an alloy called Pilandthrail. The alloy takes on different colors and hues on heat treatments and is therefore ideal for decorative items of high and precious value. It is fairly soft and easy to work with for objects of art yet retains its shape and sheen with great firmness on wear and use.

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For  more conventional alloys of gold and silver see: