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JADE, RUBIES AND GOLD WITH YOUR DRINK

A splendid example of Ottoman art was acquired by the V & A – a jade tankard probably made for an Ottoman sultan in the late 16th century in the imperial capital of Istanbul. It shows how Ottoman craftsmen used forms from everyday life- in this case a leather drinking vessel  used for  a variety of beverages including  boza, the fermented millet drink, and  turned it into a luxury item.  The  jade vessel is  inlaid with gold motifs , and encrusted with  rubies and other gemstones in a floral pattern. Around 1800, the tankard was further embellished with gold fittings in Rococo style.  I remember dagger hilts carved of jade and  decorated with rubies, made for emperor Akbar also found at the V & A.  And   I will never forget the  examples of kundan jewelry I saw in Jaipur – gold, silver and rubies and emeralds – dating back to the Mughal period.

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