The Al Thani Collection: a Modern-day Treasury
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Turban ornament, India, ca. 1900. Clip by Cartier, Paris, 2012. Gold, silver, emerald, diamonds, and pearl, 4 5/8 x 5 1/16 in. (11.7 x 12.8 cm). © The Al Thani Collection. All rights reserved. Photography by Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd
John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn Theater
Join us for a closer look at the exhibition, East Meets West: Jewels of the Maharajas from The Al Thani Collection. Curator Dr. Amin Jaffer will explore the holdings of The Al Thani Collection of Indian gems and jewels, which range from famous historic diamonds to jewel-encrusted royal paraphernalia to the inventive Indian-inspired designs of leading contemporary jewelers. The lecture will include a discusion of the five hundred years of the jeweled arts of India, shedding light on the traditional meaning and approach to jewelry in Indian culture and how this has changed over time.
Dr. Amin Jaffer is Senior Curator of The Al Thani Collection, an encyclopedic holding of more than 6,000 works of art. Previously Senior Curator at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London and International Director of Asian Art at Christie’s, Jaffer has authored Furniture from British India and Ceylon (V&A, 2001), Luxury Goods from India (V&A, 2002), and Made for Maharajas: a Design Diary of Princely India (2006). Jaffer was co-curator of the V&A’s blockbuster exhibition Encounters: the Meeting of Asia and Europe, 1500–1800 (2004) and Maharaja: the Splendour of India’s Royal Courts (2009) and co-editor of the associated catalogues. He has edited Beyond Extravagance: A Royal Collection of Gems and Jewels (2013), co-curated the exhibition From the Great Mughals to the Maharajas: Jewels from The Al Thani Collection at the Grand Palais, Paris (2017) and curated the exhibition Treasures of the Mughals and the Maharajas: The Al Thani Collection at the Doge’s Palace, Venice (2017). In 2018 he curated a double-exhibition at the Palace Museum, Beijing titled Treasures from The Al Thani Collection and edited the associated catalogues.
This program is free after museum general admission.
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