Description & Technical information

The light green jade bow-shaped dervish chin rest or crutch handle is carved exquisitely with raised flowers, leaves and foliage and is comprised of two pieces of jade. This jade dervish rest, ‘Zafar Takieh’ would have been attached to a long shaft which was used as a part of a Sufi ritual. A similar Mughal jade crutch handle together with its jade shaft is illustrated in Teng Shu-p’ing, Exquisite Beauty: Islamic Jades, National Palace Museum, Taipei, 2012, p. 116, pl. 137. Two other jade examples are in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Accession Numbers 36.25.734 and 36.25.1001a,b.

Date:  18th century
Period:  18th century, 1600-1750, 1750-1850
Origin:  India
Medium: Light green jade
Dimensions: 9 x 12 cm (3¹/₂ x 4³/₄ inches)
Provenance: Private American Collection

Categories: Arms & armour, Oriental and Asian Art