Mumtaz Mahal

Mumtaz Mahal
  • DESCRIPTION

    Born Arjumand Banu Begum, Mumtaz Mahal was the Empress consort of the Mughal Empire’s emperor, Shah Jahan. Poets extolled her beauty, gracefulness and compassion. The emperor even conferred upon her the title of Mumtaz Mahal meaning Exalted One of the Palace. Mumtaz Mahal had a very deep and loving marriage with Shah Jahan and travelled with him throughout the Empire.

    She died giving birth to the couple’s 14th child. In the immediate aftermath of his bereavement, the emperor was inconsolable, and he went into secluded mourning for a year. When he appeared again, his hair had turned white, his back was bent, and his face worn. He began planning the design and construction of a suitable mausoleum and funerary garden in Agra for his wife. A task that would take more than 22 years to complete and Taj Mahal, a monument to love was the result.

    Mumtaz Mahal takes its inspiration from the Empress consort herself. An elaborate bezelled crystal pendant is hung from symmetrical spiralling ropes. More ropes hang below the pendant giving the impression of endless spiralling loops.

  • Dimensions

    Internal Diameter : Up to 51cm (20")
    Pendant Height : 10cm (4")
    Pendant Width : 7.25cm (2.8")

  • Technique

    Peyote
    Spiral Rope

  • Difficulty

    Intermediate

  • MATERIALS

    Seed Beads
    Swarovski or Preciosa Crystals
    Cymbals
    Cubic Zirconia Clasp