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Treasury of the World

Jewelled Arts of India in the Age of the Mughals

Manuel Keene

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Includes over 300 photographs of rings, necklaces and other body ornaments to detailed jewelled work on objects from Mughal India


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.

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'A visual feast of almost unbelievable richness'
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Book Details

Format: Paperback

Size: 27.6 x 21.9 cm

Extent: 160 pp

Illustrations: 319

Publication date: 14 May 2001

ISBN: 9780500976081

About the Author

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.

List of Contributors

Salam Kaoukji, Sheikh Nasser Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah, R. G. W. Anderson