The Mughals, a treasury of the world » Pendant with Cameo of Shah Jahan (LNS 43 J)

Pendant with Cameo of Shah Jahan (LNS 43 J). Image courtesy of © The al-Sabah Collection, Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyyah, Kuwait.

Pendant with cameo portrait of Emperor Shah Jahan set with rubies India, Mughal. Circa 1660 3.7 x 3.3 x 0.8 cm
Drawing from the tradition of classical portrait cameos in Europe, this spectacular pendent features a cameo image of Shah Jahan carved in hardstone. The custom of presenting a pendent bearing the emperor’s image to favoured courtiers was instituted by Akbar, one of the Great Mughals.


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