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A CARVED EMERALD WITH TWO INTERCHANGEABLE EMERALD AND DIAMOND MOUNTINGS, CARTIER
A CARVED EMERALD WITH TWO INTERCHANGEABLE EMERALD AND DIAMOND MOUNTINGS, CARTIER
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A CARVED EMERALD WITH TWO INTERCHANGEABLE EMERALD AND DIAMOND MOUNTINGS, CARTIER

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A CARVED EMERALD WITH TWO INTERCHANGEABLE EMERALD AND DIAMOND MOUNTINGS, CARTIER
Interchangeable brooch set with a hexagonal carved emerald of 380.98 carats, reversible with one side depicting Lord Rama, his wife Sita and their loyal servant, the monkey god Hanuman, the reverse depicting a poppy blossom, circular-cut diamonds, platinum (French mark), 2 ¾ ins., emerald 19th century, signed MT Cartier, maker's mark, no. SC2697
Brooch mounting, cabochon emerald drops, cushion-shaped carved emerald, circular-cut diamonds, platinum and 18k white gold (French marks), 7 5/8 ins., 2012, signed MT Cartier, maker's mark, no. SC2697
Jigha mounting, cabochon emerald drop, circular-cut diamonds, platinum and 18k white gold (French marks), 7 ½ ins., 2012, signed MT Cartier, maker's mark, no. SC2699
AGL, 2019, report no. 1100391: 380.98 carats, Colombia, minor clarity enhancement, traditional type
AGL, 2019, report no. 1100392: Brooch mounting, 6 emeralds tested, Zambia, moderate clarity enhancement, traditional type
AGL, 2019, report no. 1100428: Jigha mounting, Brazil, minor clarity enhancement, traditional type
SSEF, 2011, report no. 59871: 380.982 carats, Colombia, indications of clarity modification, moderate amount of oil in fissures
Provenance
Christie's, London, 23 September 2005, lot 168 (emerald, unmounted)
Christie's, New York, 22 April 2010, lot 43 (emerald, unmounted)
Exhibited
Victoria and Albert Museum, London 2015, p. 151, no. 94
The Miho Museum, Koka 2016, p. 204, no. 163
Grand Palais, Paris 2017, p. 375, no. 277
The Doge’s Palace, Venice 2017, p. 381, no. 268
The Palace Museum, Beijing 2018, p. 383, no. 268
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Lot Essay

This 19th century carved emerald depicts a scene from the Ramayana, one of the great ancient epics of India attributed to the Sanskrit sage Valmiki. The hero, Lord Rama, lived his whole life by the rules of dharma; in fact, that was why Indians consider him heroic. When Rama was a young boy, he was the perfect son. Later he was an ideal husband to his faithful wife, Sita, and then an ideal ruler to the Kingdom of Ayodhya.
The name Ramayana literally translates to "Rama's Journey". The Ramayana consists of 24,000 verses in seven books and tells the story of Rama an incarnation of the Hindu god Vishnu, whose wife Sita is abducted by the demon king of Lanka, Ravana. Thematically, the epic explores the tenets of human existence and the concept of dharma.
The Ramayana has over the centuries helped to bind together the people of India, transcending caste, distance and language. Two all-Indian holidays celebrate events in the Ramayana. Dussehra, a fourteen-day festival in October, commemorates the siege of Lanka and Rama's victory over Ravana, the demon king of Lanka, and Diwali, the October-November Festival of Lights, celebrates Rama and Sita's return home to their kingdom of Ayodhya.
A leader of the monkey tribe, Hanuman allied with Rama against Ravana. Hanuman has many magical powers because his father was the god of the wind and his devotion to Rama, and his supernatural feats in the battle to recapture Sita, has made him one of the most popular characters in the Ramayana and later a favorite god amongst Indians.
Though made by Cartier in 2012, Lot 40 incorporates this large 19th century carved emerald, along with other Mughal emeralds from a similar time period. The brooch was inspired by the incredible emerald, diamond and platinum brooch from collection of Marjorie Merriweather Post. Created in 1923, the brooch remains in her collection at the Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens in Washington, D.C.

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