Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya

(Formerly Prince of Wales Museum of Western India)

Jade

Jade
Mughal
Late 17th century A.D.
Accession Number: 22.1329
Sir Ratan Tata Collection.

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 A.D.). 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.