7 INDIAN TREASURES
The world’s largest engraved emerald is known as The Mogul Mughal, and it dates from 1695, when the last of the great Mughal Emperors, Aurangzeb, ruled in India. Engraved with poppy flowers, herringbone edging and Arabic calligraphy, its style is typical of this dynastic era in India, during which the Taj Mahal and Great Mosque of Delhi were built. Weighing 217.80 carats, it was mined in Colombia before being sold in India, where emeralds were highly desirable. After selling for £1.5m at Christie’s in its Arts of India sale in 2001, it can now be viewed at the Museum of Islamic Art in Qatar.