Indian ruby, turquoise and gold Sarpech turban ornament


Crafted from gold and inlaid with rubies and turquoises, this beautiful piece is an Indian Sarpech or turban ornament, dating from the 19th century.


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Made in Indian in the nineteenth century, this beautiful object is a Sarpech, a turban ornament designed to be worn at the front of this headwear, examples of which can often be exceptionally elaborate and richly adorned pieces. This fine work is no exception, constituting a remarkably fine and precious find.

The work is crafted from gold and inlaid with turquoise and rubies. The two side panels at the base are mounted on hinge, and like the central element consist of a gilt net set with a single ruby and bands of turquoises around. The long neck of the piece is lined with rubies and arcs to the left in a sort of bird's head, with a round prominent ruby to finish. With a finished appearance almost like the hilt of a sword - indeed many of these fine ornaments find themselves adapted to multiple purposes - it comes in a fine fitted case, and is a remarkable testament to nineteenth century Indian religious crafts and skill. A similar piece for comparison is held in the Royal Collection.


Country of Origin
Date of Manufacture
19th Century
19th Century
Indian Interest
Gold, Ruby, Turquoise
Blue, Gold, Red


12 cm / 4.7 inches
14 cm / 5.5 inches


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