The Mughals, a treasury of the world » Royal Spinel (LNS 1660 J)

Royal Spinel (LNS 1660 J). Image courtesy of © The al-Sabah Collection, Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyyah, Kuwait.

Inscribed royal spinel (balas ruby) weighing 249.3 carats 4.8 x 3.6 x 1.8 cm
This majestic stone is inscribed with the names of its six imperial owners and has the distinction of having the second-most number of such inscriptions. It was a gift from the Safavid Shah Abbas the Great of Iran to the Mughal emperor Jahangir in 1621.
This spinel is inscribed:
1. Timurid, Ulugh Beg (before 1449)
2. Safavid, Shah Abbas I (1617)
3. Mughal, Jahangir (1621)
4. Mughal, Shah Jahan (undated)
5. Mughal, Alamgir (Aurangzeb) (1659 – 1660)
6. Durrani, Ahmad Shah (1754 – 1755)



4 responses

7 07 2010
Caroline Mawer

Thanks for this great image!
I hope you don’t mind that I’ve added a link to it from my own blog on Iranian history – I have several postings on Safavid jewels, but ‘your’ spinel is featured on
And many congratulations for your recent Blog Award!
Caroline Mawer

9 07 2010
The wondering wanderer

Thanks Caroline for your feedback. The image is actually provided by the al-Sabah collection. I think you have an excellent blog and it gives an comprehensive insight into Iranian history and I will certainly visit it regularly! The award results would only be announced on Saturday 10 July 2010. 🙂

12 07 2010
Caroline Mawer

So now I’ve checked out what happened on the 10th.
And you did really really well! So please let me repeat my Congratulations!
Best wishes

13 07 2010
The wondering wanderer

Thanks Caroline! 🙂

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