Turban Crown

19th century

The Khalili Collections

The Khalili Collections

The combination of turban and crown symbolized the bond between religious and secular leadership in the Muslim world, especially on the Indian sub-continent, where the Mughal emperors and their princely vassals boasted of a long tradition of jewelled turbans. The present crown is similar to that worn by Sir Jang Bahadur, prime minister and commander-in-chief of Nepal from 1856 to 1877, and to others subsequently worn by the ruling family of the kingdom.


  • Title: Turban Crown
  • Date Created: 19th century
  • Location Created: Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Type: ARTIFACT
  • Medium: diamonds, natural pearls, foiled rubies (genuine and synthetic) and emeralds, green glass; gold, enamelled gold and silver mounts, gold thread and silver strips; core of wood or papier-mâché covered with maroon velvet; interior lined with linen, re-covered more recently with quilted cotton

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