It took seven years to complete the newly commissioned throne in India. Large amounts of solid gold, precious stones and pearls were used, creating a masterful piece of Mughal workmanship that was unmatched before or after its construction. It was a lavish indulgence that could only be seen by a small minority of courtiers, aristocrats and visitors. The throne was a huge expense; costing twice as much as the construction of the Taj Mahal. It became later known as the peacock throne due to the peacock statues incorporated on it.