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Beyond Extravagance: A Royal Collection of Gems and Jewels

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"Beyond Extravagance is the most comprehensive and beautifully illustrated  account to date of the Al Thani collection with all the complex aspects of precious objects made for the Mughal emperors and the maharajas."

- Martin Chapman                                                                                                          Curator in Charge, European Art, interim                                                                Curator in Charge, European Decorative Arts and Sculpture

Beyond Extravagance: A Royal Collection of Gems and Jewels presents a journey through the history of Indian jeweled objects.

This book will awaken a new understanding of the diverse tradition of Indian jewelry through pieces that span more than four hundred years. Assembled with a passion for gems and a love of Indian craftsmanship, each item sheds light on the evolution of style and technique in court jewelry from the peak of the Mughal imperial patronage, the rich commissions of Maharajas under the British Raj, the celebrated Indian commissions of Cartier, to the inventive creations of the 21st century.
Key pieces include a carved jade dagger hilt owned by Shah Jahan, builder of the Taj Mahal; a group of engraved imperial Mughal spinels; a collection of enameled objects from Hyderabad, the Arcot II diamond and Taj Mahal emerald; a choker made by Cartier for the Maharaja of Patiala, as well as stunning contemporary creations by JAR and Bhagat using historic Indian stones

250 illustrations. Hardcover, 416 pages.

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  • Item # 978-1614281290