The collection

Imperial Spinel

India, dated 1019 AH (AD 1610-11)
Weight: 55.9 carats

Inscribed in Persian: Jahangir Shah [son] of Akbar Shah 1019 / Khurshid Jah
H. 2.14 cm; W. 2.15 cm; D. 1.1 cm

This spinel is engraved with the name of the Mughal Emperor Jahangir (r. 1605-27). Following the the demise of the Mughal empire, the symbols of imperial status were appropriated by the rulers of Successor States who regarded them as relics of imperial power; this stone was later inscribed for Kurshid Jahangir (1838-1902), grandson of the third Nizam of Hyderabad.