On the eve of the momentous Christie’s auction of the al Thani jewels, titled “Maharajas and the Mughal Magnificence” - I made a trip to New York to catch a final glimpse of the entire collection, before the pieces were dispersed, each making its way to a new home in different parts of the world.
An interesting observation that I made here while looking at the pieces was the fact that jewellery, that is mostly a woman’s prerogative in today’s time, is majorly contradicted here. More than 85% of the jewellery in the exhibit belonged to and was worn by men. I was intrigued by a magnificent sarpench (image above) whose provenance stated that it belonged to the Maharaja of Nawanagar (present day Jamnagar, Gujarat) and since I come from Gujarat, I delved deeper into the Nawanagar jewels to know more.
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