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Treasures from India: Jewels from the Al-Thani Collection

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By Navina Najat Haidar and Courtney Ann Stewart 

India's rich tradition of jeweled arts has produced extravagant and opulent creations that range from ornaments for every part of the body to ceremonial court objects such as boxes, daggers, and thrones. Starting with the Mughal rulers of India (1526–1858) and continuing to the present day, this artistic practice is characterized by an abundance of costly materials such as gold, ivory, jade, and precious stones of astounding size and quality, which artists have used to create unique and valuable works. 

Treasures from India presents 60 iconic works from the world-renowned Al-Thani collection, accompanied by a text that introduces readers to their significance within the history of Indian jeweled arts. Included are some of the earliest pieces created for the imperial Mughals in the 16th century, others made for Maharajahs of the 18th through 20th centuries, and later Indian-inspired works created by Cartier in the 20th century. These examples represent the range and scope of the finest expression of the jeweled arts in India, and stand among the highest expressions of Indian culture and artistry.

By Navina Najat Haidar and Courtney Ann Stewart 

India's rich tradition of jeweled arts has produced extravagant and opulent creations that range from ornaments for every part of the body to ceremonial court objects such as boxes, daggers, and thrones. Starting with the Mughal rulers of India (1526–1858) and continuing to the present day, this artistic practice is characterized by an abundance of costly materials such as gold, ivory, jade, and precious stones of astounding size and quality, which artists have used to create unique and valuable works. 

Treasures from India presents 60 iconic works from the world-renowned Al-Thani collection, accompanied by a text that introduces readers to their significance within the history of Indian jeweled arts. Included are some of the earliest...See More

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  • Publisher: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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  • Pages: 144
  • Illustrations: 155 (137 in full color)
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Dimensions: 7'' x 10''
  • ISBN: 9780300208870
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful book! This book is another purchase I made as a special gift for my niece who is fascinated with jewelry and its history. The cover picture incites investigation into the subject matter. The book contains wonderful photography and fascinating subject matter.
Date published: 2015-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gorgeous pictures of beautiful things I am a jewelry fanatic, and this book showcases jeweled items from a country that produces items of beautiful design. Love the book. Love looking at the pictures and reading about them. Truly enjoyable purchase.
Date published: 2015-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous catalogue I wish I could have seen this show in either London or New York. But the catalogue will have to do and it is excellent. Clear and close up color pictures and the price absolutely cannot be beat. Buy NOW if you are at all interested in jewelry or other Indian craftsmanship and artistry.
Date published: 2016-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exotic treasures from India A beautiful book with vibrant photos of exotic jewels.
Date published: 2016-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So beautiful, informative too! A wonderful book from many aspects. Very good photography of amazing gorgeous objects. Sophisticated book design. Produced with top-quality materials. a visual and tactile feast and a great opportunity to learn as the accompanying text and paintings bring context for the objects.
Date published: 2018-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Remarkable Quality The quality of this book is first rate. The paper is thick and the reproductions/text are superb. Sadly, this collection of treasures was on display in Venice recently and items were stolen.
Date published: 2018-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An enticing cover This is a fascinating book full of wonderful images of the Indian treasures exhibited at The Met in 2014. I wish I had been there then to see it.
Date published: 2018-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful book Love the jewelry!!!
Date published: 2016-10-06
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