From the Great Mughals to the Maharajas

Jewels from The Al Thani Collection

29 March 2017 - 5 June 2017 The Grand Palais, Paris
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The Grand Palais exhibition 'From the Great Mughals to the Maharajas' will immerse visitors in the jewellery traditions of the Indian subcontinent, from the Mughal period to the modern day, all displayed in an evocative and ethereal setting.

The evolution of gem-setting and jewellery will be shown through 250 exceptional pieces from The Al Thani Collection, together with major works on loan from prestigious institutions and private collections. Famous historic Indian diamonds, spectacular precious objects and legendary pieces of jewellery will be brought together to represent the evolution of taste and technique in India’s jewelled arts over five centuries.

The exhibition also presents the major developments in Indian jewellery traditions, from the peak of 17th century Mughal imperial patronage through years of political chaos and colonisation from the 18th century onwards, to the age of the Durbar, great ceremonies that provided Indian sovereigns with a new setting in which to show off their jewels during the time of the British Raj.

Exhibition organised by Réunion des Musées Nationaux – Grand Palais with the collaboration of Musée National des Arts Asiatiques