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Ch. 11: The Koh-I-Nur, The Great Diamond of History & Romance

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120 THE GREAT DIAMONDS OF THE WORLD.
Aurung-zeb "set out immediately for Agra, where Begum Sahel received him with distinguished honour. On arriving at the women's apartments the princess presented him with a large golden basin full of pre­cious stones, her own jewels and those which belonged to Shah Jehan." The princess here referred to was Jihanira, the too well-beloved daughter of Shah Jehan, who remained with him to the last, and who had used her influence to prevent him from destroy­ing his jewels rather than surrender them to Aurung-zeb, as mentioned in our account of the "Great Mogul." It is uncertain whether Baber's diamond was one of those contained in the golden basin, or whether it had already been given to Aurung-zeb during his father's lifetime. The former supposition seems to be the most probable ; for amongst Aurung-zeb's treasures exhibited to Tavernier, November 3, 1665, there was only one diamond of great size—the " Mogul"—and Shah Jehan, already afflicted by a fatal disease, died in the following February. But the point is of little consequence, as in any case the stone remained in the possession of the Mogul dynasty until Nadir Shah's invasion of India, during the reign of Mohammed Shah, in 1739.
In our account of the "Orloff," reference has already been made to Whittaker's statement that Aurung-zeb made use of the " Koh-i-Nur " as one of the eyes of the peacock, adorning his " Peacock Throne," and that Nadir carried off and broke up this throne, thus gain­ing possession of the famous gem. But according to another and apparently a more trustworthy account, when he seized on the Delhi treasury this stone, which
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