The Mughals, a treasury of the world » Turban Ornament (LNS 1767 J)

Turban Ornament (LNS 1767 J). Image courtesy of © The al-Sabah Collection, Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyyah, Kuwait.

The Mughal Emperors wore lavish ornaments on their turbans. They were known as sarpech (sar meaning ‘head’ and pech meaning ‘fastener’). Traditionally, rulers presented a sarpech and other gifts to anyone who had performed an exemplary service. Turban ornaments could even serve as diplomatic gifts, and were sent by Shah Abbas of Iran to the Mughal emperor Jahangir as a symbol of friendship.


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