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  • Gold embroidered and bejewelled mojari with turned up toe, said to have been worn by the Nizam of Hyderabad, Shikander Ja in the early 19th century.
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This pair of bejeweled mojari is said to have been worn by the Nizam of Hyderabad, Shikander Jah, in the early 19th century. They are embellished with gold metal thread called zardosi and salma sitara embroidery, gold metal embroidery incorporating a sequin or sitara. The throats are embellished with rubies, diamonds and emeralds set in enameled gold. Hyderabad broke away from the Mughal Empire in 1724 and was an independent, Islamic kingdom in the 19th century ruled by the Nizam.
Andhra Pradesh, Hyderabad, India, early 1800s
BSM P99.3


One of the most frequent questions asked by visitors to the Museum is how much are our artefacts worth. The theft (and eventual safe return) of the Nizam's mojari from the Museum in January 2006 brought this question to the fore. Although this exceptional pair of gold mojari had a high monetary value, the real value for the Museum was their rarity and their provenance which connected them to a specific historical personage, Nizam Sikander Jah ruler of Hyderabad in the early 19th century. Indeed, it is an object's link to history and the stories it can tell us about different time periods and cultures that are most highly valued in the Museum.