simple objects produced in homage to the Gurus to fine pieces
created at the royal courts of Punjab, the Sikh material heritage
forms an important part of humankind's heritage. Since the time
of the Gurus, Sikhs have produced or patronized objects of all
types, some of extremely high quality and others intended for
collections of Sikh heritage material include lavishly illustrated
manuscripts produced at eighteenth- and nineteenth-century
royal courts, gilded arms and armor, paintings and fine jewelry.
Some examples of the handwriting of the Sikh Gurus themselves
are also in existence. Other less artistically accomplished
but no less important objects, such as religious and historical
manuscripts and objects for everyday use also exist.