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A gem-set and enamelled turban ornament (jigha or sarpech), North India, late 18th/19th century
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176
A gem-set and enamelled turban ornament (jigha or sarpech), North India, late 18th/19th century
Estimate
20,00030,000
LOT SOLD. 25,000 GBP
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A gem-set and enamelled turban ornament (jigha or sarpech), North India, late 18th/19th century
set with large carved emeralds, the central one with flowerhead design, within foiled surrounds, surrounded by table-cut diamonds, hanging spinel and seed pearls, the reverse with red, green and white floral design in basse taille enamel, two pin hooks for fastening, two drop pearls
20cm. 
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Provenance

Maharaja Shri Pratap Singh of Idar (1845-1922), Gujarat.
Thence by descent, UK.

Catalogue Note

A symbol of rank, this turban ornament, designed as a floral plume, would have indicated royal affiliation. Usually worn on the side of the turban, the word sarpech actually refers to sar (headfront) and pech (screw). This beautiful example is of particularly impressive size and relates to a number of examples in museums and private collections worldwide. Versions are in the Victoria and Albert Museum (inv. no.IM.44-1922 and IS.3&A-1982), the Al-Sabah Collection, Kuwait (inv. no.LNS 1767 J, Keene 2001, p.28, no.1.23) and the Al-Thani Collection (Haidar and Stewart 2015, pp.58-60).

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