Jade Sword with Turquoise Handle 48cm

The dark green nephrite of this sword was often used in Central Asia during the Islamic Middle Ages, particularly in Samarkand and the Tamerlane casket and Ulugh Beg cup.  This green jade is unlike the later widely used green jade from the Lake Baikal region with its black mica flecks or inclusions.  The turquoise inlays of the handle are typical of that coming from ancient mines in Afghanistan.

 

Ulugh Beg Kuragan ‘Dragon Cup’

The dark green nephrite of this large ceremonial sword is very much like the nephrite used for the tomb crypt of Tamerlane and other jade examples from Samarkand.  Timur referred to himself as ‘The Sword of Islam”.  (Wiki)

see Ulugh Beg Kuragan ‘Dragon Cup’

The dark green nephrite of this sword was often used in Central Asia during the Islamic Middle Ages, particularly in Samarkand and the Tamerlane casket and Ulugh Beg cup.  This green jade is unlike the later widely used green jade from the Lake Baikal region with its black mica flecks or inclusions.  The turquoise inlays of the handle are typical of that coming from ancient mines in Afghanistan.


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