Exhibition Treasury of the WorldJeweled Arts of India in the Age of the Mughals
from July 6, 2006 to September 4, 2006
Épée aux rubis et son fourreau, or
© Collection Al-Sabah / D.R.
The Al-Sabah Collection, Kuwait National Museum
An exceptional collection of jewels and decorative objects reflecting a vivid sense of beauty. Rare objects testifying to the extreme refinement and opulence that dazzled visitors to the sovereign courts of India in the days of the Mughal Empire.
This exhibition presents the most beautiful pieces from the collection of Indian jewels and precious objects assembled over many years by Sheikh Nasser Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah. It pays tribute to the keen appreciation for beauty and rarity, the extreme refinement and opulence that dazzled visitors to the princely courts of India during the reigns of the Great Mughals. The jeweled arts of the Mughal period provide a splendid illustration of the fruitful confluence between the aristocratic civilization carried from Central Asia by the descendants of the 14th-century Mongol conqueror Tamerlane (or Timur) and wondrous India with its flourishing trade routes, where artists and craftsmen employed their talents, spurred by the enthusiasm of highly enlightened and wealthy patrons. Before definitively returning to the Kuwait National Museum, the Mughal marvels of the al-Sabah Collection are today revealed to the French public for the very first time.
Manuel Keene and Salam Kaoukji, curators of The al-Sabah Collection, Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyyah, Kuwait National Museum and Sophie Makariou, curator, Department of Islamic Art, Musée du Louvre
Practical informationVisitor information
Exhibition July 6–September 4, 2006
Open daily except Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and until 10 p.m. on Wednesdays and FridaysAdmission fees:
Admission to the “Treasury of the World” exhibition only: €8.50