Jade cup; carved from jade (nephrite) and polished; inscribed with the name Ulugh-Beg Kuragan. Ottoman silver repair.
- 1420-1449 (circa)
- Made in: Samarkand (?)
- Found/Acquired: China (?)
- Height: 6.4 centimetres
- Width: 19.4 centimetres
Inscription Positionright side, below rim
Inscription TransliterationUlugh Beg Kuragan
This is a well-known piece in the scholarly literature on jade cups but its provenance is disputed. It may have been made in a provincial Central Asian jade-carving workshop, perhaps Samarkand (as was initially suggested in the first publication of this object by Ralph Pinder-Wilson and William Watson) in imitation or inspired by Chinese exemplars. The splayed leonine head of the handle is actually that of a hornless dragon called a 'chi' in Chinese.
1989 16 Apr-6 Jul, Washington, D.C., Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, 'Timur and the Princely Vision: Persian Art and Culture in the Fifteenth Century'
1989 13 Aug-5 Nov, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), 'Timur and the Princely Vision: Persian Art and Culture in the Fifteenth Century'
2010-2011, London, BM/BBC, 'A History of the World in 100 Objects'
2014 Sep-2015 Jan, BM WCEC, 'Ming: Courts and Contacts 1400-1450' PROMISED
2015-2019 A History of the World -- PROMISED LOAN [rotation for annual loan up to 2 nonconsecutive years, dates TBC]
18 March 1966 - 8 June 1966
Reason for analysis
Jade cup with inscribed silver plaque, Chinese
Technical examination.See also PR01884, PR01885, PR01886 and PR01887.Same object as PR06212.
Analysis materials group
- Minerals & Precious Stones
- Silver & Alloys
Main type of investigation
- X-Ray Diffraction
Analysis reference number
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Object reference number: RRC14368
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