Tumbled spinel bead of 24.26 carats, dated 1607 and 1628-29
The Miho Museum, Koka 2016, p. 31, no. 8
Grand Palais, Paris 2017, p. 57, no. 38
The Doge’s Palace, Venice 2017, p. 79, no. 36
The Palace Museum, Beijing 2018, p. 92, no. 37
de Young Legion of Honor, San Francisco 2018, p. 59, no. 10
Sale room notice
Please note that Lot 43 weighs 94.26 carats and not 24.26 carats as stated in the printed catalogue.

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Lot Essay

This important spinel includes the names of three great Mughal emperors suggesting that it once belonged to the Imperial Treasury, which was looted after the Sack of Delhi by Nadir Shah in 1739. The inscriptions on the spinel suggest that it was likely passed down from emperor to emperor.

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