16 Nov 2013 Artefacts
Wine cup of Jahangir
Nephrite jade, Mughal, dated 1022 AH/1613-14 AD.

This wine cup of dark green nephrite jade was owned by the Mughal emperor Jahangir (r.1605-1627), whose name is included in the Persian verses incised in nasta'liq script round the rim and filled at a later date with white com... Read More
 14 Nov 2013 Artefacts
Gold coin.
(obverse) Portrait of Jahangir.
(reverse) Lion surmounted by sun.
Ruler: Jahangir
Mughal dynasty
1611 AD (AH 1020)

Inscription Transliteration:
A likeness of Jahangir Shah, son of Akbar Shah, in the year 6 of his reign.

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 14 Nov 2013 Artefacts
Read your horoscope today?

The Persian couplet on the obverse (front) of this coin might be not mean much to most, but look closely at the friendly-looking lion and he can tell you something about this coin without you needing to learn Persian. The sun behind him shows he is Leo from the Zodia... Read More
 14 Nov 2013 Artefacts
Gold mohur of Jahangir - Capricorn

Mughal dynasty, AD 1605-28
From Agra, India

Signs of the zodiac, a sign of the times

In 1584, the Mughal emperor of India, Akbar (1556-1605), established a new religion, Din-i Ilahi ('Divine Faith') and a corresponding new era, the Ilahi era, based on ... Read More
 11 Nov 2013 Artefacts
Narasimhagupta standing facing left, wearing a waistcloth and jewellery, with a halo around head. Left hand holds a bow, the right hand holds an arrow. In left field a Garuda standard with ribbons. In right field a crescent.

(reverse) Laksmi seated facing on a lotus, wearing lower garments and... Read More
 7 Oct 2013 Artefacts

The hilt with broad crossguard, elongated forte and bud quillons, incised with foliate decoration at the grip, with a ridged curved steel blade, the scabbard with a row ... Read More
 7 Oct 2013 Artefacts
Sotheby’s to auction works of Tipu Sultan
Asian Image, 3rd October 2013

Sotheby’s London will introduce its first-ever auction dedicated to art from Imperial India.

Over 90 exquisite objects exemplifying the broad artistic traditions of Imperial India will be presented for sale, in... Read More
 13 Sep 2013 Artefacts
Man's robe (jama), 17th century
India, Deccan, Burhanpur or Hyderabad
Cotton; painted, with applied gold leaf

The early Mughal rulers Akbar and Jahangir were interested in fashion stuffs, carpets, and ornamental textiles. Both emperors had a penchant for inventing new names for garments and ... Read More
 10 Aug 2013 Artefacts
Gold Coin.(obverse) Caparisoned horse standing facing left before a decorated sacrificial post (yupa) which rests on a pedestal.
(reverse) Female figure standing facing left, wearing gown and earrings, holding fly-whisk over right shoulder, and a cloth in her left hand, with a halo around her he... Read More
 9 Aug 2013 Artefacts
Silver coin.(obverse) Bust of Kumaragupta I, facing right, wearing cap and with a moustache.
(reverse) Garuda, standing facing forward, with outspread wings. Surrounded by a border of dots.
Kumaragupta I
415-447 CE

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 9 Aug 2013 Artefacts
Seal with attachment lug. Legend Sri Mahasenasya and spear and bird on same line.
Made of engraved bronze.
Gupta Style

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 9 Aug 2013 Artefacts
A square stamp-seal with rounded edges showing a unicorn standing before a device and above a one-line inscription in six characters.
Made of stone (steatite).
Indus Civilisation

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 6 Aug 2013 Artefacts
Copper Standard or Alam consisting of a pronged metal plate covered with engraved characters with socket below, the surface tinned and now rubbed.

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 2 Aug 2013 Artefacts
Sitarah made for the Mosque of the Prophet in Medina
Egypt, 1791 - 1792

Embroidered textiles were amongst the most impressive gifts presented during the processions associated with the annual Islamic pilgrimage (hajj) to Mecca. Traditionally produced every year by the Muslim rulers who contro... Read More
 10 Jul 2013 Artefacts

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 10 Jul 2013 Artefacts
Gold coin - Gandabherunda with elephant in each of its beaks and another two elephants underfoot.
Ruler: Achyutaraya
Date : 1530-1542
Minted in: Vijayanagara
Weight: 1.57 grammes Diameter: 10 millimetres

Inscription Transliteration:
Shri Pra-tapa Achyutaraya

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 8 Jul 2013 Artefacts
Yali figure of carved solid ivory. Lion-like creature with bulging eyes, flame-like mane, fangs, and in a rearing position.

17th century-18th century


The top of this ivory figure has a tenon (a projecting piece). This suggests that it originally acted as some sort of support, pos... Read More
 1 May 2013 Artefacts
Gold Earring, Taxila (?), 1st-2nd century A.D

These ear-rings are made from sheet gold, cut into shape and embellished with gold granules and wire decoration. Two have vase shaped pendants set with either a turquoise or a pearl bead, and a third has a pendant composed of a gold spherical bead ... Read More
 1 May 2013 Artefacts
Figure holding a mirror, gold with lac-filled base, Taxila, 1st-2nd century AD.

This diminutive figure may have decorated a hair pin or served as the finial to a hand mirror of the type being held by the figure itself. The figure reflects the stylistic cross-currents at work in the north-weste... Read More
 29 Apr 2013 Artefacts

A flattened terracotta ball impressed with a sealing bearing three large st?pas and six smaller ones. Below the Prat?tyasamutp?da G?th? in three lines.

Excavated/Findspot: Nalanda, site 9.

ca.10 century

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