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The ruling family of Qatar the Al Thani family have been accumulating piece of art and precious items over the last 20 years, some of them being exceptional jewels.
This exhibition presents around one hundred items from the Al Thani Collection. The interest of the Shiekh Hamad al Thani for jewels has permit to assemble this beautiful collection.
The beautiful Indian collection starts with jewels from the early 17th century to the present day including spectacular precious stones, jades made for Mughal emperors and a gold tiger-head finial from the throne of the South Indian ruler Tipu Sultan.
On the Western part, jewels from leading European houses such as Cartier reveal the more significant impact of India on Art Deco jewellery in the early 20th century. These bejewelled treasures highlight the exceptional skills of goldsmiths within the Indian subcontinent.
The most recent pieces by jewellers such as JAR and Bhagat also demonstrate that cross-cultural exchanges continue to inspire contemporary jewellery design in India and Europe.
This exhibition coincides with the 25th anniversary of the Nehru Gallery of Indian Art at the Victoria and Albert Museum.