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    A Persian Carved Jade Pendant with Calligraphy, Late Timurid or Safavid Period
    2-1/8 inches high x 2-1/2 inches wide (5.4 x 6.4 cm)

    The fine relief carvings of the offered jade pendant clearly follow the tradition of typical late Timurid or early Safavid period decorations. Besides, many parallels can also be found in Herati manuscript illuminations. Jade (yashm) was initially very sought-after because of its prophylactic as well as its visual qualities. It was believed to be helpful to detect poison, to cure eye diseases and to protect against natural calamities such as earthquakes. According to the Muslim polymath Al-Biruni: 'It is said that jade or one variety of it is called the victory stone and for this reason the Turks decorated their swords, saddles and belts with it, desirous of gaining victory over their contestants and opponents. Others emulate them in this respect by fashioning from it seals and knife handle.' (Lentz, Thomas W./Lowry, Glenn D.: Timur And The Princely Vision. Persian Art and Culture in the Fifteenth Century, USA 1989, p. 221).

    Condition Report*: In good condition.
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    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    June, 2018
    29th-30th Friday-Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 1
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