Since Ancient times India has been famed both for its rich deposits of precious gems and the skills of its jewellers. This exhibition showcases a collection of masterpieces of the jewelled arts, evoking the splendour of the legendary Mughals and Maharajas renowned in the West for the wealth of their treasuries and the magnificence of their jewels.
Highlights include renowned historic diamonds, gem-encrusted objects from royal courts, jewelled regalia and turban ornaments as well as creations by European houses such as Cartier made for Maharajas and inspired by traditional Indian jewellery forms.
The exhibition presents a rare journey into the world of Indian jewellery, characterised by dazzling gems and jewels dating from the time of the Mughal Empire to the present day.
Promoted by Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia and presented against a stunning and ethereal backdrop in the Doge’s Palace, Venice, the exhibition Treasures of the Mughals and the Maharajas – The Al Thani Collection will give the Italian public the first-ever opportunity to admire 275 pieces from the precious collection assembled by His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Abdullah Al Thani.