Treasury of the World

Jewelled Arts of India in the Age of the Mughals


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ISBN: 9780500976081 Category:

Manuel Keene, Salam Kaoukji


Jewelry as an art form in Mughal India has probably never been surpassed by any other civilization. This presentation includes over 300 specially taken photographs – the great majority illustrating objects never previously published.

The pieces range from rings, necklaces and other body ornaments to astonishingly detailed jewelled work on objects as diverse as boxes, flasks, bowls and daggers. They are presented and analysed in themes that include stone settings, precious metal inlay in hard stones, relief decoration in hammered metals, engraved gold-backed jewels, stones set on a gold floral ground, gold-embellished steel, relief carved ornaments, carved set gems, the varieties of gemstone forms and inscribed royal stones.

The book concludes with a selection of particularly exuberant pieces that combine to create an explosion of jewelled magnificence of incomparable splendour.

Additional information

Weight 776 g
Dimensions 22 x 27.6 cm
Publisher name The al-Sabah Collection
Publication date 14 July 2001
Number of pages 160
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 22 x 27.6 cm
Weight 776 g