Published in conjunction with the extraordinary exhibition at the Palazzo Ducale in Venice, this book immerses readers in the exquisite jewellery traditions of the Indian subcontinent, from the Mughal period to the modern era.
Over 270 exceptional pieces from the Al Thani Collection narrate the evolution of gem-setting and jewellery alongside other major works from prestigious institutions and private collections. Famous historic Indian diamonds, spectacular precious objects and legendary pieces of jewellery combine to represent the evolution of taste and technique in India's jewelled arts over five centuries.
The refinement of Mughal visual culture is a central theme of the book, as is the dialogue it created with Europe during the Renaissance. Exceptional pieces include the Wine of Cup of the Emperor Jahangir, the earliest dated Mughal jade, and the Shah Jahan Dagger, whose blade is engraved with the title of the emperor.
Treasures of the Mughals and the Maharajas. The Al Thani Collection
Edited by Amin Jaffer
Published by Skira Editore
Hardcover, 392 pages with 388 color illustrations
Price: US $95.00 / £ 70.00 / € 39.00 / CAN $135.00