From the Great Mughals to the Maharajahs: Jewels from the Al Thani Collection

Grand Palais


29 MAR 2017 - 05 JUN 2017
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The exhibition From the Great Mughals to the Maharajas: Jewels from the Al Thani collection allows visitors to immerse themselves in the jewellery traditions of the Indian subcontinent, from the Mughal period to the modern day, installed within an evocative and ethereal setting. The evolution of gem-setting and jewellery will be shown through over two hundred and fifty exceptional pieces from the Al Thani Collection, together with major works on loan from prestigious institutions and private collections. Famous historic Indian diamonds, spectacular precious objects and legendary pieces of jewellery will be brought together to represent the evolution of taste and technique in India’s jewelled arts over five centuries. The exhibition also presents the major developments in Indian jewellery traditions, from the peak of XVIIth century Mughal imperial patronage through years of political chaos and colonisation from the XVIIIth century onwards, to the age of the Durbar, great ceremonies that provided Indian sovereigns with a new setting in which to show off their jewels during the time of the British Raj.

Visitor Reviews


Rahim reviewed

Difficile à travers la foule, mais des merveilles
27 May, 2017

Une installation féérique (dont un remarquable mobile) pour des bijoux assez difficiles à voir avec la foule. L'aspect technique du bijou est absent de l'exposition, un peu regretté. En revanche, les parures sont nombreuses et spectaculaires.


Inès reviewed

21 May, 2017

Superbe exposition. Les pièces présentées sont somptueuses et magnifiquement mises en scène. Le seul bémol pour moi: les trop sommaires explications murales. On en ressort avec les yeux qui pétillent!


Aurelie reviewed

Il suffit d'admirer
18 May, 2017

Je n'ai pas trouvé la mise en scène ou les explications transcendantes mais ce qu'on y voit est magnifique et rien que pour ça ça vaut le détour ! Ma fille de 5 ans a beaucoup aimé également et c'est justement parfait pour emmener ses enfants car on peut se contenter d'admirer pas besoin de mille explications qui pourraient les impatienter.


Delphine reviewed

The most sparkling show!
11 Apr, 2017

I loved this show, it was such a beautiful one: the gemstones and all the jewelry & other precious objects from the Maharajahs' culture are just stunning! The set up of the exhibition is beautiful & dreamy, only negative comment we can make is the way the windows are labelled: it's very low, the text is written in small and poorly lit. There was quite a crowed so it made it difficult to read everything. Other than that, if you're passionate about jewels and stones, you should totally see this!