Mughal, North India
17th century
Length: 10.3cm - Width: 5.5cm

A very fine nephrite jade (translucent white of great uniformity and very slight greyish cast) sword chape, kundan set with rubies, emeralds and diamonds. The chape has cusped mihrabs at the upper end where the scabbard of the sword would fit. The shape is reminiscent of Islamic architecture favoured by the Mughals at that time in India. The gem quality stones are very deeply set in the jade and are not foiled, as is usually the case. The quality of material used and craftsmanship indicate that it was probably made in the Royal ateliers, for a ceremonial sword for use by a prince or a high-ranking nobleman. A sword hilt and chape (LNS 357 HS) in the al-Sabah Collection are similar in design and craftsmanship.

Copyright bar