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Crutch handle

Crutch handle

  • Place of origin:

    Mughal empire (made)

  • Date:

    18th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pale greenish grey nephrite jade, fashioned using abrasives and abrasive-charged tools. The hole would probably have been made using a bow-drill.

  • Credit Line:

    Wells Bequest

  • Museum number:

    1676-1882

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This crutch handle was made within the Mughal empire, probably in the 18th century. It is fashioned in pale greenish grey nephrite jade, with a very good polish. The arms are generally circular in cross-section and have been completely covered in low-relief carved decoration of flowers and leaves. Each end has been carved as a many-petalled flower bud and there is a drill hole in the base around which is a circular collar which has been carved with a spiral pattern. It was bequeathed to the museum in 1882 by Arthur Wells, a Nottingham solicitor and Clerk of the Peace. He was a keen traveller and was made a Fellow of the Geographical Society. He is considered to be the first private British collector of Chinese jade and his collection of jade and other hardstone objects from South Asia was on exhibition at the South Kensington Museum at the time of his death in 1882. has been fashioned in nephrite jade and has been expertly carved with flowers and leaves. The fact that such a functional object has been fashioned to such a high standard in nephrite suggests that it was made for a wealthy or important person.

Physical description

A crutch handle of a somewhat flattened "V" shaped form, fashioned in pale greenish grey nephrite jade, with a very good polish. The arms are generally circular in cross-section and they have been completely covered in low-relief carved decoration of flowers and leaves. Each end has been carved as a many-petalled flower bud and there is a drill hole in the base around which is a circular collar which has been carved with a spiral pattern.

Place of Origin

Mughal empire (made)

Date

18th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Pale greenish grey nephrite jade, fashioned using abrasives and abrasive-charged tools. The hole would probably have been made using a bow-drill.

Dimensions

Length: 118.9 mm, Width: 42.7 mm, Depth: 18.7 mm, Depth: 11.9 mm

Object history note

This crutch handle was acquired by Arthur Wells who was a Nottingham solicitor and Clerk of the Peace. He was a keen traveller and was made a Fellow of the Geographical Society. He is considered to be the first private British collector of Chinese jade and his collection of jade and other hardstone objects from South Asia was on exhibition at the South Kensington Museum at the time of his death in 1882. This collection was left to the museum in his will - the Wells Bequest.

Descriptive line

Crutch handle, pale greenish grey nephrite jade, carved flowers and leaves, Mughal empire

Materials

Nephrite

Categories

Gemstones; Hardstone

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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