Monday, February 14, 2011

Upcoming Events!

Monday, 14 February, 2011

Anthony Peebles

Music Concert

AnthonyPeebles is an award winning concert pianist whose career was launched in 1971 when he won the BBC Piano Competition with an unanimous vote from the jury. Since then he has maintained a very busy performing career, with a remarkable amount of overseas travel.  

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Sunday, February 6, 2011

Upcoming Events!

Monday, 7th February, 2011

Film: Words of Sand by Abdullah Hamad al Mekhyal 

Due to the prevailing turmoil in Egypt - Dr. Tamer el-Leithy had to cancel his lecture scheduled for Monday 7th Feb. 2011. We apologize for this cancellation; but are pleased instead to offer the chance to see the latest documentary from Abdullah Hamad al Mekhyal.Films by al Mekhyal have been featured on the National Geographic Channel. This film “Words of Sand” is no exception.

Wednesday, 9th February, 2011

Shehab Shehab 
Lecture: Seminar on excavations in Failaka Island

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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Jewelled Dagger and Scabbard

Dagger and Scabbard
The al-Sabah Collection, LNS 25 J

One of the finest and frequently published objects from the al-Sabah Collection is this Indian dagger. This object from Mughal India dates from 1615-1620.

Weapons in the Mughal court were designed as a way to demonstrate the wealth and importance of its owner. The weapons, such as this dagger, were also considered symbols of authority and honor. They were often given as imperial gifts to persons of high rank.

The sheaths of the weapons were usually made of leather or velvet, but the most important daggers were set with hundreds of precious stones. The Mughal rulers were very fond of gem-set weapons.

This dagger and scabbard from the al-Sabah Collection is magnificently set with over 2,000 stones; consisting of rubies, emeralds, and diamonds among others. It may well be the most extravagantly luxurious dagger ever produced.  

Information provided by Treasury of the World: Jewelled Arts of India in the Age of the Mughals, Exhibition Master Pack, December 2008.