Lot 276. A Mughal inscribed gem-set jade belt buckle, India, 17th century. Estimate 15,000 — 20,000 GBP. Photo Sotheby's.

the light green nephrite jade carved in circular form with central band, set with four inscribed gemstones; 7.2cm. diam.

Inscriptions: The nada 'ali quatrain (although missing the invocation to 'Ali (O 'Ali !)

A light nephrite jade belt buckle of similar, but more ovoid form, inlaid with gem-set floral stems, attributed to the Deccan or Mughal, second half seventeenth century, is in the Al-Sabah collection, Kuwait, inv. no LNS 39HS (see Keene 2001, p.42, no.2.30).

Sotheby's. Arts of the Islamic World, London, 19 Oct 2016, 11:30 AM