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Tour #1 – Legion of Honor Thursday, February 21, 2019

$83.00$103.00

This exhibition explores the cultural and material exchanges between India and Europe through jewelry and precious objects ranging from the seventeenth century to the present.

 

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East Meet West: Jewels of the Maharajas from the Al Thani Collection at the S.F. Legion of Honor afterwards a visit to the S.F. Gift Center & Jewelry Mart

This exhibition explores the cultural and material exchanges between India and Europe through jewelry and precious objects ranging from the seventeenth century to the present. It features more than 150 pieces made in India or Europe associated with Mughal emperors, maharajas, and their courts. The Mughals, descendants of Genghis Khan in Central Asia arrived in India in 1526 and was the largest in the world by 1600.

These objects include jewelry to be worn on ceremonial occasions, weapons such as swords and daggers, and precious works of art for display or use. Diamonds were at the center of this exchange, which, up until the mid-eighteenth century, were mined in India and then traded to Europe where they were often recut in sparkling new forms. European enameling on courtly jewels presented as diplomatic gifts inspired the Mughal courts from the sixteenth century to develop goldsmiths’ work decorated with enamel, a practice that continues in India to this day. 

During our visit at the S.F. Legion of Honor, we have planned a docent tour and time to visit the museum gift shop.

Then it’s off to the Gift Center & Jewelry Mart. Lunch is on your own at Bellota a restaurant inspired by the regional cuisines and traditions of Spain located within the Mart or one of the neighboring cafes.

The Gift Center & Jewelry Mart, San Francisco’s premier shopping destination.

Located in the historic San Francisco Design District, the five-story building that houses the Gift Center & Jewelry Mart is on the National Register of Historical Places and the California Register of Historic Places. Originally build in 1912 by the National Carbon Company, it later served as a paper warehouse for Blake, Moffitt & Towner. In 1983, it was converted into a wholesale mart.

Most recently, the Gift Center went through a major exterior and interior renovation, adding more space & light with a glass atrium.

Step inside and you’ll find a diverse collection of gift, jewelry, and accessory showrooms representing over 270 product categories, including imported products from over 25 countries.

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Thursday, February 21, 2019

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