Precious Indian Weapons

and other Princely Accoutrements


A dazzling celebration of one of the world’s greatest collections of precious weapons


ISBN: 9780500970805 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 2833 g
Dimensions 22.8 x 28.3 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 1 June 2017
Number of pages 504
Format Hardback
Dimensions 22.8 x 28.3 cm
Weight 2833 g


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Salam Kaoukji is curator and collection manager of The al-Sabah Collection, Kuwait, and an editor of Thames & Hudson's long-running series of the same name.