Bejewelled Treasures: The Al Thani Collection
21 November 2015 – 28 March 2016
A display of 100 spectacular objects from or inspired by the jewellery traditions of the Indian subcontinent.
Originating in the 17th century with The Mughal Emperors who collected them for use in Royal ceremonies and court rituals, India has become an international market for precious stones in the last four hundred years. This exhibition - drawn from the recently-formed Al Thani collection - includes rare and unusual examples from across this period, highlighting their value in local culture and the techniques used by goldsmiths in the subcontinent.
It also explores how Indian jewellery has influenced leading European designers and on display is a series of contemporary pieces that reflect this theme.
Among the impressive highlights are an Indian turban jewel made for the Maharaja of Nawanagar, a Golconda diamond given to Queen Charlotte by the Nawab of Arcot in 1767, a jade-hilted dagger that belonged to the Shah Jahan who built the Taj Mahal and a jewelled gold tiger’s head finial from the throne of the famed Tipu Sultan of Mysore.