A gem-set enamelled gold turban ornament (jigha) formerly belonging to Maharajah Hira Singh of Nabha (1843-1911) India, 19th Century

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Lot 201
A GEM-SET ENAMELLED GOLD TURBAN ORNAMENT (JIGHA)
India, 19th Century

Sold for £ 27,500 (US$ 33,700) inc. premium
A GEM-SET ENAMELLED GOLD TURBAN ORNAMENT (JIGHA)
India, 19th Century
the central panel in the form of an open-work flowerhead with a large central diamond, a tapering plume above consisting of a row of graduating spinels with a border of foliate elements terminating in a spinel finial and a natural pearl drop, a stem (tana) below decorated with green enamel, verso with floral decoration in green enamel and gold with receptacle for a feather (kalgi)
15.5 cm long; 50g.

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    Private UK collection
    By repute, Maharajah Hira Singh of Nabha (1843-1911) and thence by descent.

    Nabha state was one of the Phulkian princely states in the east of the Punjab, along with Jind and Patiala, with its capital at the historic city of Nabha. Hira Singh ascended the throne of Nabha in 1871, having been appointed successor of the young Raja Bhagwan Singh.

    Hira Singh's forty year reign was a period of affluence and progress for the state of Nabha. As ruler he oversaw the construction of buildings, monuments and infrastructure, as well as advances in agriculture. As a result, Nabha flourished. In 1894, Hira Singh was given the title of Raja-i-Rajagan and four years later was granted the honour of a 15-gun personal salute. In 1903 he was made a Knight Grand Commander of the Indian Empire and shortly after was made a Colonel in the British Indian Army. He attained the rank of Maharajah of Nabha in 1911, shortly before his death on Christmas eve of the same year.
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A gem-set enamelled gold turban ornament (jigha) formerly belonging to Maharajah Hira Singh of Nabha (1843-1911) India, 19th Century
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