Wine cup of Emperor Jahangir
Unknown artist, Indian, India
Wine cup of Emperor Jahangir, 1612-1613
Quartz and chromium muscovite
Helen M. Danforth Fund 84.163
Because jade was not readily available in India during the rule of the Mughal emperors, jade-like stones were used to make imperial gifts, such as this wine cup.
Although Quranic law forbids the consumption of alcohol, Emperor Jahangir was known for his fondness of wine. The inscription, carved on the borders at both rim and foot, begins, “This is the cup of water [of life], nourisher of the soul / Of King Jahangir [son of] King Akbar.” At the bottom is the Hijri date 1021, or 1612, the seventh year of Jahangir’s reign.
Edited ByWoolsey, Ann, ed.
Publisher & DateMuseum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, 2008
TypeMonographs and CollectionsGlimpses of GrandeurCourtly Arts of the Later Islamic Empires
Contributions byBonde, Sheila, and Aimée Froom
Publisher & DateMuseum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design., 1999
TypeJournalA Handbook of the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design
Edited ByWoodward, Carla M., and Franklin W. Robinson, eds.
Publisher & DateMuseum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, 1988
TypeMonographs and Collections
Janet M. Phillips, ed. “Museum Notes 1985, vol.72 no.2”, Providence: Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, 1985.