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Carved Emerald Plaque

Find this object in the India 16th-18th century Gallery on Floor 3

The Mughal rulers of South Asia held extensive treasuries of gemstones mined both within their own territories and abroad. Emeralds were imported from Colombia by Portuguese and Spanish traders to India for Mughal patrons where they were polished and shaped by master lapidaries at the royal court. This large emerald is inscribed on one side with a prayer in Arabic script and carved on the other with a floral motif.

JE.86.2002, Emerald Mughal India, 1695-96 CE

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