Rare Books

'Maharajas' Jewels'

The stories of Indian princes and their jewelry and precious stones are brought together in this illustrated narrative tracing the rise and fall of India's leading royal houses through the dramatic fortunes of their crown jewels.

Traditionally, precious metals and jewels have been, for Indians rich and poor, a repository of wealth and a status symbol.

For the reigning families, jewels also had symbolic and religious significance.

Also here are the original drawings by great European jewelers of the pieces they designed for their exotic and demanding clients.

The text is both lively and scholarly, drawing from descriptions of such travelers as Marco Polo and Tavernier as well as Sanskrit dramatists extolling the riches of India.

Adamson, John & Prior, Katherine

Assouline


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