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Jade cup; carved from nephrite and polished; inscribed with the name Ulugh-Beg Kuragan, with later (Ottoman) silver repair.
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Height: 7.30 centimetres
Width: 19.50 centimetres
Depth: 12.40 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- 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.
- On display (G42/dc6)
- Exhibition history
2018 19 Apr-22 Jul, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Valenciennes, 'A History of the World in 100 Objects'
2017 28 Jun-08 Oct, Shanghai Museum, Shanghai, 'A History of the World in 100 Objects'
2017 1 Mar-31 May, National Museum of China, Beijing, 'A History of the World in 100 Objects'
2016-2017 08 Sep-29 Jan, National Museum of Australia, Canberra, 'A History of the World in 100 Objects'
2016 13 Feb-18 Jun, National Museum of Western Australia, Perth, 'A History of the World in 100 Objects'
2014 Sep-2015 Jan, BM WCEC, 'Ming: 50 years that changed China'
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'
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'
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