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Turban Ornament: the Bling of Maharajas

Sarpech (turban ornament). Probably Murshidabad, mid-18th century. Gold, rubies, emeralds, diamonds, a sapphire and a pearl. Victoria and Albert Museum

  • Sarpeches or turban ornaments were the ‘bling’ of their time. What is the bling of our time? How do you feel about these symbols of wealth and power?

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