Precious Indian Weapons

and other Princely Accoutrements


An informative and beautifully produced guide to one of the world’s most spectacular collections of Indian jewelled weapons.


ISBN: 9780500970812 Category:

Salam Kaoukji


This spectacular collection of nearly 200 jewelled weapons and priceless accoutrements from the Indian subcontinent was assembled over many decades by Sheikh Nasser and Sheikha Hussah al-Sabah for The al-Sabah Collection, Kuwait. Produced for aristocratic patrons who valued the arts, these richly decorated edged weapons and other princely objects bear witness to the legendary opulence and refinement of the Indian courts during the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries. Many incorporate decorative features originating in Central Asia, the Iranian world, China, and even Renaissance Europe, testifying to centuries of trade, travel and warfare. At the same time, these ornate and uniquely Indian weapons are masterpieces of a long and unparalleled tradition of artistic craftsmanship on the subcontinent, displaying distinctive techniques of gemstone setting, hardstone carving, enamelling and blade damascening.

Additional information

Weight 2444 g
Dimensions 21.7 x 27.8 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 1 May 2018
Number of pages 504
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 21.7 x 27.8 cm
Weight 2444 g


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