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Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014

Turban ornament


Creator: Indian (nationality)
Creation Date: 
1870 - 1875
Materials and techniques: 
Gold, emeralds, diamonds, pearls and enamel
15.6 x 13.5 x 1.9 cm
Acquirer: King Edward VII, King of the United Kingdom (1841-1910)
Presented to King Edward VII, when Prince of Wales, during his tour of India in 1875-76 by Sajjan Singh, Maharana of Udaipur.

This turban ornament probably dates from the mid-nineteenth century and was probably made in Udaipur. It is in a traditional Mughal style. The stones are of impressive size and many are faceted. In Indian jewellery this was usually only done to larger stones. Some of the stones may have served other purposes in the past; this was common practice as the best stones in a treasury would be reset as fashions, or the whim of a ruler, changed.

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