Treasures from India: Jewels from the Al-Thani Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, October 28, 2014 – January 25, 2015

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Bottom Right: Jeweled Crown, ca. 1900, Nepal. Pearls, colored glass, diamonds, emeralds, and rubies, with gold brocade ribs and bird of paradise plumes; interior lined with red cloth

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Turban Ornaments (sarpesh), 1800-1900, India. Center: Jeweled Crown, ca. 1900, Nepal

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Back: Rosewater Sprinkler (gulabpash), 17th century (base), late 18th century (neck), North India. Metal, inlaid with rubies, emeralds, and pearls

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Front: Pen Case and Inkwell (davat-i daulat), 16th or 17th century or later, Deccan or North India. Gold, inlaid with diamonds, rubies, and emeralds

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Front: Ritual Spoon (uddharane), ca. 1800, South India. Gold, inlaid with diamonds and rubies

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Ceremonial Sword, 1880–1900, South India, Hyderabad. Steel blade, gold hilt, inlaid with diamonds, rubies, and emeralds, with applied silver wire

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Aigrette, Cartier (French, founded Paris, 1847), 2012, Paris, France. Platinum, set with emeralds and diamonds

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Pair of Earrings (pankhiyan), ca. 1900. Gold, set with with diamonds, with pearls and glass beads

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Aigrette, France, Paris, designed by Paul Iribe (French, Angoulême 1883–1935 Roquebrune-Cap-Martin), made by Robert Linzeler, 1910. Platinum, set with emerald, sapphires, diamonds, and pearls

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Top: Turban Ornament or Brooch, ca. 1935, probably France. Platinum, set with rubies and diamonds. Bottom: The Patiala Ruby Choker, Cartier (French, founded Paris, 1847), 1931. Restored and restrung to the original design by Cartier Tradition, Geneva, Switzerland, 2012. Rubies, diamonds, and pearls, with platinum mounts

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Left: Detail of Base of a Water Pipe (huqqa), North India, Mughal. Jade, inlaid with gold wire, diamonds, rubies, and emeralds. Center: Flask, 1650–1700, North India. Rock crystal, inlaid with gold wire, rubies, and emeralds, with gold collar, stopper, and foot. Right: Detail of Huqqa Mouthpieces, 1750–1800

Photographs by Corrado Serra