Gurkaniyan (Timurids) Sword Guard

Dating

14th to early 15th century C.E.

Gurkaniyan (Timurids) Sword Guard

Origin

Materials

Nephrite; carved

Dimensions

5.1 cm

10.2 cm

3.2 cm

Culture

Museum

Acquisition 

ID#

Gurkaniyan (Timurids)

MET

1902

02.18.765

Copyright Status

Open Access, MET

Source of Image

"Timurid royalty admired the qualities of nephrite (jade). The carved pieces that survive from the period include engraved rings and at least two dragon-handled white jade jugs. Also, at least two jade dragon-headed sword guards are known, including this example, created from the finest and rarest type of nephrite—black jade. Known for its hardness, jade is extremely difficult to carve, underscoring the exceptional quality of this highly detailed carving of confronted dragon heads with protruding tongues."