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Be­gin­ning this month, the Met Mu­seum

in New York will present a be­jew­elled his­tory of In­dia span­ning

four cen­turies in an ex­hi­bi­tion ti­tled

Or­gan­ised by Nav­ina Haidar, cu­ra­tor of the mu­seum’s Is­lamic Art depart­ment, all of the 60 ex­hibits have been sourced from the

pri­vate col­lec­tions of Qatar’s Sheikh Ha­mad bin Ab­dul­lah Al-Thani. The showcase in­cludes ex­clu­sive pieces such as a rock crys­tal flask in­laid with gold wire, ru­bies, and emer­alds from 17th-cen­tury Mughal In­dia;

gem-stud­ded fal­con an­klets made in jade; a gold seal ring from 19th-cen­tury South In­dia; and a plat­inum ai­grette de­signed by French de­signer Paul Iribe in 1910 amongst oth­ers. Cu­ra­tor’s picks “The Mughal dag­ger with a jade­carved youth’s head at its hilt shows the in­tri­cate art of hard­stone carv­ing of the pe­riod and a so­phis­ti­cated taste for sim­ple, un­adorned lu­mi­nous neph­rite jade,” says Haidar. “The gem-set gold tiger’s head finial comes from the throne of Tipu Sul­tan, who adopted the tiger as his royal sym­bol. Both th­ese works are top ex­am­ples of their kind of art.”

Dag­ger ( with Euro­pean head. Part of the Al-Thani col­lec­tion.

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