Treasures of the Mughals and the Maharajas

The Al Thani Collection


Author: Amin Jaffer

Publisher: Skira Editore

ISBN: 9788857235943

Category: Art objects

Page: 392

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Published on the occasion of the extraordinary exhibition in Venice, the book allows readers to immerse themselves in the jewellery 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 jewellery is shown through over two hundred and seventy 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 jewellery are brought together to represent the evolution of taste and technique in India's jewelled arts over five centuries. From the Great Mughals to the Maharajas: Jewels from The Al Thani Collection also presents the major developments in Indian jewellery traditions, from the peak of 17th century Mughal imperial patronage through years of political chaos and colonisation from the 18th 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.

Made for Maharajas

A Design Diary of Princely India


Author: Amin Jaffer

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9788174363725

Category: Affluent consumers

Page: 276

View: 1001

Based equally in the archives of firms such as Louis Vuitton, Boucheron, Chaumet and Hermès, and in palace and private collections, this book explores the role of maharajas in an age of high spending and fashion. It brings together original designs with surviving objects, exploring for the first time the creative dialogue between Indian princes and the skilled tradesmen who produced wonders for their delectation. Married to the objects themselves are the absorbing and often humourous accounts of how maharajas indulged their tastes with unparalleled extravagance and aplomb.

Treasures from India: Jewels from the Al-Thani Collection


Author: Navina Najat Haidar,Courtney Ann Stewart

Publisher: Metropolitan Museum of Art

ISBN: 0300208871

Category: History

Page: 144

View: 9765

India's rich heritage of jeweled artistry is expressed in extravagant and opulent creations that range from ornaments for every part of the body to ceremonial court objects such as boxes, daggers, and thrones. Treasures from India presents more than sixty iconic works from the renowned Al-Thani collection, including pieces created for the imperial Mughals in the seventeenth century, others made for the nizams of Hyderabad and the maharajas of the Rajput courts from the eighteenth to the twentieth century, Indian-inspired jewelry fashioned by Cartier and other Western firms, and contemporary designs. The lucid text discusses the significance of these objects within the history of Indian jeweled arts, demonstrating how they stand among the highest expressions of Indian culture.

Mughals, maharajas, and the Mahatma


Author: K. R. N. Swamy

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9788172232801

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 265

View: 6328

Episodes based on Indian history, from Mogul period to Mahatma Gandhi, 1869-1948.

Art of the Land of Maharajas

Indian Jewellery and Arms of the XVII - XIX Centuries from Alexander Feldman's Collection


Author: Eugene Sivachenko,Victoria Bulgakova

Publisher: Hirmer Verlag

ISBN: 9783777422299

Category: Art

Page: 280

View: 9826

Magnificent objects of the arts of jewellery and weaponry from India immerse the viewer in a world of exquisite quality and delight in precious details. A selection of 100 pieces of jewellery and weaponry dating from the seventeenth to the early twentieth century document the great craftsmanship of Indian artisans in an impressive manner. The treasures that form the collection of Alexander Feldman provide a unique overview of jewellery and weaponry. The majority of the pieces were created in the traditions of Indo-Islamic art, which reached its pinnacle in the time of the Mughal Empire (1526–1858). This sumptuous volume introduces both object classes in two major chapters, and provides an insight into the cultural-historical context of the era and into the artistic and technical specificities of the objects under discussion. Detailed descriptions of each individual piece are juxtaposed with large-format reproductions. The terminology used in the texts is explained in the accompanying glossary.

Asian Variations in Ramayana

Papers Presented at the International Seminar on 'Variations in Ramayana in Asia : Their Cultural, Social and Anthropological Significance", New Delhi, January 1981


Author: Kodaganallur R. Srinivasa Iyengar

Publisher: Sahitya Akademi

ISBN: 9788126018093


Page: 358

View: 1130

The Book Consists Of Papers Presented At The International Seminar On ýVariations In Ramayana In Asia: Their Cultural, Social And Anthropological Significance: New Delhi 1981.

East Meets West

Royal Indian Jewelry from the Al Thani Collection


Author: Martin Chapman

Publisher: Prestel Publishing

ISBN: 9783791357836


Page: 208

View: 2240

This stunning book focuses on four centuries of magnificent jewelry that resulted from the cultural exchange between India and Europe. From the dawn of the Mughal Empire through the end of the British Raj, exquisite pieces of jewelry from or inspired by India traveled between Europe and Asia. This book features more than 150 objects, including jewel-encrusted jades, famous gemstones, enameled gold, and other precious works of art that range in date from the 17th century to the 1930s, along with exquisite contemporary examples by JAR and Baghat that draw from earlier motifs. Between the 16th and 19th centuries, Indian jewelry and works of art developed Persian and Muslim influences brought over by the Mughal Empire while European styles and craftsmanship traveled to India via the British Raj. As illustrated in this elegant book, 20th-century influences flowed in the opposite direction when Indian jewelry inspired European designers to make pieces in the Indian style. East Meets West also showcases the significant role that gender played, as Indian men adorned themselves with treasures worn exclusively by women in Europe. With fascinating essays and beautiful photographs, this book illustrates the cultural and artistic conversations that resulted in some of the most gorgeous jewelry ever created.


Art and Culture, 1300-1900


Author: Stuart Cary Welch,Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)

Publisher: Metropolitan Museum of Art

ISBN: 0030061148

Category: Art, Indic

Page: 478

View: 8489

A history of the art and civilization of India includes discussions of sculpture, jewelry, painting, and illustrated manuscripts

Travels in Kashmir


Author: Brigid Keenan

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 935009729X

Category: Travel

Page: 320

View: 2612

‘A beautifully written, meticulously researched journey through time in Kashmir’ – Basharat Peer The very name Kashmir conjures up magical images, from the real garden paradise of Shalimar to Thomas Moore’s fantastic descriptions in “Lalla Rookh”. Recounting the story of this colourful and fascinating region as it appears in travel writing, literature, and historical works from ancient times to the present day, Travels in Kashmir offers a lively and comprehensive guide to a land little understood in the West. Beginning with an informal history of Kashmir – from the legends of the twelfth-century Kalhana to the accounts of British colonial rulers – the book brings together a wide variety of engaging travellers’ tales, reports, and descriptions that vividly illustrate the changing perceptions of the area – both Indian and European – throughout the years. Of particular interest is a section on the arts, crafts, and craftspeople of Kashmir, which focuses specifically on the shawl-weaving, carpet-making, and papier mâché works that have gained international renown. Throughout, Keenan proves a sharp as well as sympathetic observer with an eye for the amusing and the poignant, and the entertaining way she unfolds the story of Kashmir’s people, places, and crafts makes this a book that will be enjoyed by tourists, readers of travel writing, and anyone interested in one of the most unusual and beautiful places in the world.'