Sunday, 13 November 2016

Gems of the Maharaja: The Al-Thani Collection

The House of Thani (Arabic: آل ثاني Al Thani‎) is the ruling family of Qatar.

About 60 jeweled objects from the private collection formed by Sheikh Hamad bin Abdullah Al-Thani provides a glimpse into the jeweled arts in India from the Mughal period until the early 20th century.
Ceremonial Sword, circa 1880-1900, from South India, Hyderabad, made of a steel blade and gold hilt inlaid with diamonds, rubies and emeralds

Jade dagger (kard) dating from 1620-50 with a watered steel blade and jade hilt inlaid with gold, rubies and emeralds.
Rosewater Sprinkler (gulabpash), circa 17th century (base) and late 18th century (neck), with inlaid rubies, emeralds and pearls


A brooch featuring a carved emerald bordered by calibré-cut emerald and sapphire in a stylized platinum setting by Cartier, circa 1920

Necklace (kanthi), circa 1850-75, made of gold set with diamonds and emeralds.

Turban Ornament (jigha) of the Maharaja of Nawanagar, circa 1907 

An Aigrette Turban Ornament, circa 1910. Platinum, set with a carved emerald, sapphires, diamonds and pearls.

“Star of Golconda” Diamond Brooch by Cartier, 2013. Platinum, set with diamonds.

The Patiala Ruby Choker by Cartier, circa 1931, restored 2012. Rubies, diamonds and pearls with platinum mounts.


Turban Ornament (Sarpesh), 1825–75, North India, Jaipur. Gold, set with diamonds; enamel on reverse.

A gold finial inlaid with diamonds, rubies and emeralds from the throne of Tipu Sultan. circa 1790.

A 19th-century punch dagger with rubies, emeralds and diamonds.

A 19th-century dagger with a hilt shaped like a yali, or mythical beast.

Turban ornament (jigha). Mughal, 1675-1750.

Flask, 1650–1700, North India. Rock crystal, inlaid with gold wire, rubies, and emeralds.

Turban ornament (sarpesh). Hyderabad, ca. 1900. Gold set with emeralds and diamonds.

Jeweled Crown, ca. 1900, Nepal. Pearls, colored glass, diamonds, emeralds, and rubies, with gold brocade ribs and bird of paradise plumes.

Turban Ornament (jigha), 1775–1825, South India. Gold, set with rubies, diamonds, emeralds.

Shoulder Brooch by Cartier, circa 1924.