The detailed list of his loot has been recorded by Fraser - working with the East India Company - as jewels, including the Koh-i-Noor, Darya-i-Noor etc, valued at 25 crore (250,000,000); utensils and handles of weapons set with jewels - with the Peacock Throne
included - worth 9 crore; money coined in gold and silver for 25 crore; gold and silver plates - which he melted - valued at 5 crore; fine cloths and rich material of all kinds valued at 2 crore; household furniture and other valuables worth 3 crore and weapons, cannon etc.
The courtiers, in court costumes of the utmost magnificence, assemble before the arrival of the Shah and take their places in readiness, ranging themselves according to rank on each side of the hall, beginning at the peacock throne
In 1739, the Kohinoor fell into the hands of the Persian invader Nadir Shah, whose loot from his conquest of Delhi (and decimation of its inhabitants) also included the priceless Peacock Throne
Now, after months of nervous quietude, Assad puffs out his chest, unfurls his feathers and sings an incessant song promising his supporters unfathomable success, under his rule, thinking he sits on a peacock throne
One of the museum's treasures is a portrait of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan (builder of the Taj Mahal) sat on his Peacock Throne
, painted by Govardhan in 1635 Islamic art, with its focus on refined technique, pattern, the abstract, calligraphy and the finest materials, demands time and quiet surroundings to be properly enjoyed.
Iran's shah still ruled from his Peacock Throne
, while in Iraq a young Saddam Hussein was plotting his path to power.
It is all too easy for a money manager to get geopolitical risk wrong but -- hello -- the CIA missed the fall of the Soviet Union, the overthrow of Shah of Iran from his Peacock Throne
and the chaos of the Arab Spring.
With over 33 works, in both mixed media and oil on canvas, the artist revives the past with the help of the bejeweled peacock throne
, the curious lives of the many begums of the emperor, the splendor of the royal court and the vibrant art and culture that defined medieval India.
The US-nominated heir to the Peacock Throne
never gets to Iran since he's stranded on a cross-Channel ferry.
US-made weapons were used to kill thousands of unarmed protesters, not all of them Islamist zealots, before the Peacock Throne
The death of 44-year-old Alireza Pahlavi of a gunshot wound at his home in Boston brought home the personal tragedies of many who fled Iran more than three decades ago, and symbolized another lost link to the era of the Western-backed dynasty's Peacock Throne
3) that explain why Iran's current efforts to develop nuclear weapons are directly tied to their heritage and why a nuanced approach will be necessary to effectively engage the legacy of the Peacock Throne