Presenter: Claire Morgan
At first glance, the jewelry of the Ottoman and Mughal traditions seem strikingly similar. Both employ large quantities of precious metals, particularly yellow gold. However, there are also important differences between the two kinds of jewelry, like the range of materials and gemstones used, the settings of gemstones and the variety and types of jewelry worn. This lecture will compare some examples of jewels from each tradition and consider how the emperors used them to display their wealth and power.
Claire Morgan is a graduate student in the Smithsonian-GW Corcoran MA program in Decorative Arts and Design History, where she is specializing in jewelry history with a focus on Indian jewelry and material culture. Her thesis compares Ottoman & Mughal jewelry from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.