Mask of Vaikuntha Vishnu, late 5th century. Learn more about 5th century masks
Also known as India Museum, it was founded in 1798 at Leadenhall Street, London, and displayed goods from India collected by East India Company officials. Following the dissolution of the company in 1858, the collection briefly shifted to Fife Hall until 1879, when it was divided between the South Kensington Museum, the British Museum, the National History Museum and the Royal Botanical Gardens. The repository formed the basis of the present-day India collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.