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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1959,1120.1

  • Description

    Jade cup; carved from nephrite and polished; inscribed with the name Ulugh-Beg Kuragan, with later (Ottoman) silver repair.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1420-1449
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 7.3 centimetres
    • Width: 19.5 centimetres
    • Depth: 12.4 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        repaired part of the rim
      • Inscription Language

        Turkish
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Karam-i Hakka nihayet yokdur
      • Inscription Translation

        The generosity of God is infinite.
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Script

        riqa'?
      • Inscription Position

        right side, below rim
      • Inscription Language

        Turkish
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Ulugh Beg Kuragan
  • 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.

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  • Bibliography

    • Pinder-Wilson & Watson 1960a bibliographic details
    • Lentz & Lowry 1989a 124 bibliographic details
    • Rogers & Ward 1988 67 bibliographic details
    • MacGregor 2010 74 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:
    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'

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1959

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    1959,1120.1

Cup. Dragon and inscription of name Ulugh Beg Kuragan. Made of jade, Ottoman silver repair.

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Cup. Dragon and inscription of name Ulugh Beg Kuragan. Made of jade, Ottoman silver repair.

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