Wine cup of Shah Jahan

Wine cup of Shah Jahan

Date Mid-17th century

Movement Islamic

Medium White jade

Dimensions 2.25 x 6.75″

Provenance Northern India

Housed at Victoria & Albert Museum, London


The bowl of the wine cup, enlivened with a flower, rounds and comes to an end at the handle that takes the shape of a mountain goat. Even despite the hardness of the stone, which would have taken hours to have carved, the flower displays exquisite and natural features—typical of Mughal floral depictions in other mediums.