Jade is a semi-precious stone used to produce exquisite and innumerable works of art. It is hard and glassy with a translucent surface and comes in various shades. The process of jade carving is time-consuming and requires a lot of patience.
The Mughal jades were well known for their worksmanship. These jades received accolades from the Chinese Emperor Chien Lung (1736- 1795 CE). The emperor notes that the jades from Hindustan are as thin as paper and that only the jade carvers from Hindustan are capable of creating such exquisite pieces.
Sir Ratan Tata Art Collection.
Indian Decorative Art
Late 17th century CE
3.4 x Dia. 14.8 cms