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Bejewelled: Treasures From The Al-Thani Collection

This sumptuous book invites readers to examine in exquisite detail some of the world’s finest and rarest examples of Indian jewelry from one of the world’s preeminent collections, objects once owned by the great maharajas, nizams, sultans, and emperors of India from the 17th to the 20th century. Highlights include a rare gold finial from the throne of Tipu Sultan (1750–1799), inlaid with diamonds, rubies, and emeralds and in the shape of a tiger’s head, and a dagger with a stunningly carved jade hilt and a watered steel blade inlaid with gold owned by Shah Jahan. Other pieces reveal the dramatic changes that took place in Indian jewelry design during the early 20th century. This glorious book also examines the influence that India itself had on avant-garde European jewelry made by Cartier and other leading houses and concludes with contemporary pieces made by JAR and Viren Bhagat of Mumbai, which are inspired by a creative fusion of Mughal motifs and art deco “Indian” designs.

Hardcover: 128 pages

Publisher: Victoria & Albert Museum (December 8, 2015)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1851778578

ISBN-13: 978-1851778577

Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 0.9 x 11.2 inches

Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)

Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

Best Sellers Rank: #380,169 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #111 in Books > Crafts, Hobbies & Home > Antiques & Collectibles > Jewelry #437 in Books > Crafts, Hobbies & Home > Crafts & Hobbies > Jewelry & Beadwork > Jewelry

very good book about a subject that has been rather neglected. beautiful photographs

Beautiful photos, very nice book.

A beautiful insight into the craftsmanship of these talented craftsmen. A 21st century window into a bygone world of opulence.

Great book. Very enjoyable.

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