From the Great Mughals to the Maharajas: Traditions of Indian jewelry

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The exhibition From the Great Mughals to the Maharajas: Jewels from the Al Thani collection allows visitors to immerse themselves in the jewelry traditions of the Indian subcontinent, from the Mughal period to the modern day, installed within an evocative and ethereal setting.

The evolution of gem-setting and jewelry will be shown through over two hundred and fifty exceptional pieces from the Al Thani Collection, together with major works on loan from prestigious institutions and private collections. Famous historic Indian diamonds, spectacular precious objects and legendary pieces of jewelry will be brought together to represent the evolution of taste and technique in India’s jeweled arts over five centuries.

The exhibition also presents the major developments in Indian jewelry traditions, from the peak of XVIIth century Mughal imperial patronage through years of political chaos and colonization from the XVIIIth century onwards, to the age of the Durbar, great ceremonies that provided Indian sovereigns with a new setting in which to show off their jewels during the time of the British Raj.

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