The Prince inspecting the Sacred Tooth, Kandy, from a sketch by one of our special artists, 1876. The future King Edward VII in India. '...the chief priest was an old man, with a peculiar pair of tortoise-shell eye-glasses, which...might truly be called goggles. The Prince was in the full uniform of a Field Marshal, and held his feathered cocked-hat under his left arm as he stood in front of the...silver table on which the tooth was placed...Raising a large bell-shaped casket of silver, richly ornamented with gems and chains, the priest exposed another carandua, similarly wrought and similarly ornamented, then another and another...At last a little gold casket was reached, beautifully ornamented with rubies, sapphires, and diamonds...the priest had now taken the box in his hands, and was slowly raising the lid. How necks were craned forward and eyes strained to catch the first glimpse of this relic of Gotarna Buddha!'. From "Illustrated London News", 1876.
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