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Mogul Emerald - One of the Largest Emeralds in the World

Mogul emerald is a magnificent carved emerald, with a rich history, belonging to the period of the last of the four great Mughal Emperors of India, dating back to late 1690's. The dates corresponds to the period of rule of Emperor Aurangzeb. It is one of the largest of all inscribed emeralds known to exist in different collections and the only known carved and dated emerald of the classic Mughal period.

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The Lahore Emerald Girdle, c. 1840.  The emeralds in this exquisite piece were inherited by India's Maharajah Sher Singh from Ranjit Singh, his father known as the "Lion of the Punjab."  "The Lion," it is said, had used the emeralds to decorate his horse harnesses.  The maharajah had the emeralds made into this exceptional girdle circa 1840.  Nine years later, the Directors of the East India Company obtained the belt and presented it to Queen Victoria in 1851.

The Lahore Emerald Girdle, c. 1840. The emeralds in this exquisite piece were inherited by India's Maharajah Sher Singh from Ranjit Singh, his father known as the "Lion of the Punjab." "The Lion," it is said, had used the emeralds to decorate his horse harnesses. The maharajah had the emeralds made into this exceptional girdle circa 1840. Nine years later, the Directors of the East India Company obtained the belt and presented it to Queen Victoria in 1851.

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Historic Mogul Emerald Pendant. A hallmark indicates that the Mogul emerald was set into the pendant and necklace in France around the turn of the 20th century.

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Indian (Deccan, Bijapur or Golconda) dagger, 16th c, cast copper hilt, chased, gilded, inlaid with rubies. Portraits of Sultan 'Ali 'Adil Shah of Bijapur 1558–80 show him wearing similar zoomorphic hilt daggers. In the ruby-studded hilt, a dragon whose tail wraps around the grip attacks a lion, which is attacking a deer, symbolic of the deity Garuda. Before the deer is a bird with a snake in its beak. Lower down is a mythical lionlike Yali, with floral scrolls issuing from its mouth. Met…

Indian (Deccan, Bijapur or Golconda) dagger, 16th c, cast copper hilt, chased, gilded, inlaid with rubies. Portraits of Sultan 'Ali 'Adil Shah of Bijapur 1558–80 show him wearing similar zoomorphic hilt daggers. In the ruby-studded hilt, a dragon whose tail wraps around the grip attacks a lion, which is attacking a deer, symbolic of the deity Garuda. Before the deer is a bird with a snake in its beak. Lower down is a mythical lionlike Yali, with floral scrolls issuing from its mouth. Met…

Rosewater Sprinkler (gulabpash) Date: 17th century (base), late 18th century (neck) Geography: North India Medium: Metal, inlaid with rubies, emeralds, and pearls Dimensions: H: 10 1/8 in. (25.5 cm) Classification: Metalwork-Jewelry Credit Line: The Al-Thani Collection

Necklace (kanthi) Object Name: Necklace Date: 1850–75 Geography: South India, Hyderabad Medium: Gold, set with diamonds and emerald; enamel Dimensions: H. 10 1/4 in. (26 cm) W. 7 3/4 in. (19.6 cm) Classification: Jewelry Credit Line: The Al-Thani Collection