21 March 2013
A MUGHAL-STYLE GREYISH-GREEN JADE SWORD HILT AND CHAPE
The hilt, of flattened baluster shape, is carved with flowers and leaves, as is the scrolled pommel surmounted by a bud, and the scrolled quillon block, which are joined by a curved strap carved as a slender leaf terminating at the top in a bud. The separate, similarly carved chape, is of conforming outline and has a small loop on one side.
Hilt 5½ in. (14 cm.) long (2)
Lizzadro Collection, Chicago, Illinois, acquired prior to 1960.
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