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Turban ornament

Turban ornament

  • Place of origin:

    Jaipur (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    early 18th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gold and enamel

  • Museum number:

    IM.45-1922

  • Gallery location:

    South Asia, Room 41, case 19

This Indian jewel for the male turban is one of a small group bought by the museum from a Mr Talyarkhan in 1922 and 1923. He had purchased them from the Maharaja of Jaipur in Rajasthan, and it is thought that this example was made by the court jewellers of Jaipur in the early 18th century.
Turban jewels in the Mughal tradition of the subcontinent from the 16th century were emblems of royalty, worn only by the emperor and his sons. However, by the 18th century when this jewel was probably made, Mughal power had declined and formerly intractable rules were being broken. The rulers of regional kingdoms, whether Hindu or Muslim, then also adopted turban jewels as emblems of rank, and were virtually independent, even though they still formally acknowledged the Mughal emperor as their ruler.

Physical description

Turban ornament of enamelled gold set with rubies.

Place of Origin

Jaipur (possibly, made)

Date

early 18th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Gold and enamel

Dimensions

Height: 7.9 cm, Width: 3 cm

Object history note

Susan Stronge, Nima Smith, and J.C. Harle. A Golden Treasury : Jewellery from the Indian Subcontinent London : Victoria and Albert Museum in association with Mapin Publishing, Ahmedabad, 1988. ISBN: 0944142168, Cat 41, p.54.

Descriptive line

Turban ornament, enamelled gold set with rubies, possibly Jaipur, India, early 18th century.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

p.54
Susan Stronge, Nima Smith, and J.C. Harle. A Golden Treasury : Jewellery from the Indian Subcontinent London : Victoria and Albert Museum in association with Mapin Publishing, Ahmedabad, 1988.

Materials

Gold; Enamel

Subjects depicted

Floral patterns; Feather; Flowers (plants)

Categories

Images Online; Jewellery

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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