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Mirror

  • Place of origin:

    Mughal empire (made)

  • Date:

    c. 1700 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Dark green nephrite jade inlaid with white nephrite jade and rubies in gold

  • Museum number:

    02587(IS)

  • Gallery location:

    South Asia, Room 41, case 18A

This rare mirror was made within the Mughal empire, probably towards the end of the reign of the emperor 'Alamgir (r. 1658-1707). The mirror is held in a frame of dark green nephrite jade inlaid with white nephrite jade and rubies in gold. The inlays on the mirror-back are secured by highly refined gold to form a trellis design.
It was formerly owned by Colonel Charles Seton Guthrie, who sold it with other objects from his renowned collection of Mughal and other hardstones to the Indian Museum in London in 1868. These were transferred to this museum in 1879.

Physical description

Dark green nephrite jade inlaid with white nephrite jade and rubies in gold. The inlays on the mirror-back are secured by highly refined gold to form a trellis design.

Place of Origin

Mughal empire (made)

Date

c. 1700 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Dark green nephrite jade inlaid with white nephrite jade and rubies in gold

Dimensions

Height: 13.4 cm, Width: 11.4 cm, Depth: 1.3 cm

Object history note

Purchased from the collection of Colonel Charles Seton Guthrie in 1868 and transferred from the India Museum in 1879.

Descriptive line

Mirror, dark green nephrite jade inlaid with white nephrite jade and rubies in gold, Mughal empire, c. 1700

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Baker, Malcolm, et. al., A Grand Design: The Art of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London: V&A Publications, 1999.
pp. 102-3, pl. 5.2
Barnard, Nick, Indian Jewellery: The V&A Collection London: V&A Publishing, 2008 Number: ISBN 9781851774838
p. 53, cat. no. 31
Swallow, D., Stronge, S., Crill, R., Koezuka, T., editor and translator, "The Art of the Indian Courts. Miniature Painting and Decorative Arts", Victoria & Albert Museum and NHK Kinki Media Plan, 1993.

Materials

Jade; Gold; Rubies

Subjects depicted

Floral pattern

Categories

Personal accessories; Hardstone; Gardens & Gardening; India Museum

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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