7 IN­DIAN TREA­SURES

Homes and Antiques Magazine - - GUIDE : DESIGN HISTORY -

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.

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