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