Jewelled Jade and Limpid Rock Crystal: Hardstones at the Mughal court in the 17th and 18th centuries

Date: 26 November 2019

Time: 6:30 pm

Location: Museum of Islamic Art, Auditorium

Part of the MIA Education

with Susan Stronge, Senior Curator, Victoria & Albert Museum

In the early years of the reign of Jahangir (r.1605-27), a new material began to be used within the royal workshops. Nephrite jade, imported from Khotan, is extremely difficult to work. It cannot be carved but must be laboriously worn away to produce the required forms and surface ornamentation. The tools used to work jade are the same as those for rock crystal, a material with which the imperial craftsmen were already familiar. This lecture examines the origins of jade production at the Mughal court, and the parallel fabrication of rock crystal wine cups, dagger hilts and caskets of superlative quality.

Join us for a lecture by Susan Stronge, Senior Curator in the Asian Department of the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. She specializes in the arts of the Sikh and Muslim courts of the Indian subcontinent, and curated the award-winning 1999 exhibition, The Arts of the Sikh Kingdoms.  A prolific author, her books include Painting for the Mughal Emperor, Tipu’s Tigers and Bejewelled Treasures: The Al Thani Collection. 

MIA Auditorium

This lecture will be translated in to Arabic.


This programme is generously sponsored by the Seashore Group