A rare and important sardonyx Portrait Cameo of the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan (reigned 1628-58)
India, circa 1630-40
oval, the figure cut from the brown layer of stone, standing out against the white layer marble-like, depicted facing left, wearing elaborate turban with pearls, tunic and jewels, in bloodstone mount
the cameo 4.1 x 3.3 cm.; the bloodstone mount 5.8 x 5 cm.