Gold, silver & bronze: from Mughal India
Alexandria Press in association with Laurence King, 1997 - Antiques & Collectibles - 367 pages
In this, the first book on Indian metalwork, all the great surviving Mughal objects in gold, as well as enamel, silver, brass, bronze, gilt copper and the Deccani alloy known as bidri are reproduced. The majority have never been published and are unknown to the western connoisseur. Order, beauty, richness, restraint and sensuousness describe the essence of these works of art, produced for the sultans and rajahs of India during the fabulous Mughal age. In addition to being of the most outstanding technical refinement, the finest of these metal objects are among the most striking and poetic utilitarian items ever produced. In his lively and readable text, Zebrowski explains how their greatness derives from the mingling of Hindu and Muslim sensibilities, which is at the heart of Indo-Islamic culture.
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Preface and Acknowledgements
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The Art of the Goldsmith
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17th century A. S. Melikian-Chirvani alam Albert Museum arabesque Arabic script architectural Bidar Bidri huqqa base Bidri tray Bijapur bowl brass and silver Brass ewer British Museum Bronze ewer candlestand cartouches Cary Welch 1985 century pi cusped Deccan decoration diameter dome dragon early 18th century eighteenth century enamel ewer ewer pi example floral flowers gilt copper Golconda gold Height Hermitage Museum Hindu Hyderabad incense burner inlaid with brass inlaid with silver inscription Iran Islamic Koran late London lota lotus Mark Zebrowski metal metalwork mid 17th century Mittal motifs Mughal paintings Muhammad Muslim nastaliq neck North India objects ornament Ottoman paintings palaces pandan Persian pilgrim flask plate Private Collection Punjab Rajasthan royal Safavid scrollwork sculpture seventeenth seventeenth-century Shah Shah Jahan shape Shia shrine similar sixteenth century spittoon spout Stuart Cary Welch style subcontinent Sultanate surviving Susan Stronge thuluth Timurid tomb vase vessels Victoria and Albert