Honey & Velvet

Treasures from India: Jewels from the Al-Thani Collection at the Met Museum

Metropolitan Museum of Art
Exhibition location: Gallery 464: Gallery for the Art of Later South Asia

A culture of light and colours, India has been a vibrant center for the jeweled arts for centuries. After years of studying the history of Western Art in both high school and college, I have become immensely fascinated with Eastern Art ever since taking my first Indian art class with Professor Anna Blume at the Fashion Institute of Technology (if anyone every gets the opportunity to take a class with Prof. Blume, I  would 1000% recommend it).

Although a smaller exhibition than I had initially expected, Treasures from India: Jewels from the Al-Thani Collections presents 60 exquisite jeweled pieces from Sheikh Hamad bin Abdullah Al-Thani's private collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. From gold, diamond, jade and rubies, no detail is left untouched. The intimate exhibit made possible by Cartier provides a glimpse of the evolving styles of the jeweled arts in India from the Mughal period until the early 20th century, including historical works from the Mughal Empire in the 17th century as well as various courts and centers of the 18th and 19th centuries, including Hyderabad; a group of late 19th- and 20th-century jewels made for India’s Maharajas by Cartier and other Western firms.

An exhibition worthy of any jewel and art lover, the exhibition runs from October 28, 2014-January 25, 2015 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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Photos by Leanne Wei