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Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014

Turban ornament


Creator: Indian (nationality)
Creation Date: 
1870 - 1875
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), when Albert Edward, Prince of Wales (married) (1863-1901)
Presented to Albert Edward, Prince of Wales by the Maharana of Udaipur, during his visit to India in 1875-6

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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