The collection


North India, 1660–80
Jade, rubies; foot with silver support ring
H. 2.5 cm; L. 8.4 cm; W. 6.1 cm

This delicate jade cup with a handle carved in the head of an ibex was made at the Mughal court and subsequently formed part of the collection of the Qianlong Emperor of China, a connoisseur of Indian jades, who wrote a poem about the qualities of the piece with which it has been inscribed.

The cup recalls the famous wine cup belonging to Shah Jahan currently in the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.