From Library Journal
A dynasty of seven generations that spanned 224 years, the Nizam-ul-Mulk (Asaf Jah) rulers of Hyderabad assembled a legendary collection of priceless jewels whose mystery only increased with a 23-year legal battle between the government of India and the heirs of the Asaf Jah dynasty. Worn primarily for ceremonial occasions, these jewels now belong to India, following one of the most anticipated, costly, and lengthy jewelry sales in history, lasting from 1972 until 1995. In this splendid work, Indian jewelry scholar Krishnan (coauthor, Dance of the Peacock: Jewellery Traditions of India) tells the story behind the jewels and the jewelry trust, the Asaf Jah dynasty, and the sale to the Indian government. Each item is among the finest specimens of Deccami, Rahasthani, and Lucknavi workmanship and is spectacularly photographed with accompanying description and brief historical context. Among the items included are gemstones, turban ornaments, necklaces and pendants, belts and buckles, earrings, armbands, bangles and bracelets, anklets, cufflinks and buttons, watch chains, and toe rings and nose rings, each encrusted with diamonds, rubies, spinels, emeralds, or pearls. Highly recommended for collections focusing on decorative arts and jewelry. Stephen Allan Patrick, East Tennessee State Univ. Lib., Johnson City
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[A] beautifully photographed and catalogued book; sparkles with the vivid descriptions of the Nizam's untold treasures -- Sunday Mid Day, Jan. 13, 2002
[S]pectacularly photographed with accompanying description and brief historical context; splendid work -- Library Journal, Editorial Review
[T]he first ever study and documentation work; of the Nizams of Hyderabad's legendary jewellery. --The Asian Age, Dec. 12, 2001