Jade Zafar Takieh
The light green jade bow-shaped dervish chin rest or crutch handle is carved exquisitely with raised flowers, leaves and foliage and is comprised of two pieces of jade. This jade dervish rest, ‘Zafar Takieh’ would have been attached to a long shaft which was used as a part of a Sufi ritual. A similar Mughal jade crutch handle together with its jade shaft is illustrated in Teng Shu-p’ing, Exquisite Beauty: Islamic Jades, National Palace Museum, Taipei, 2012, p. 116, pl. 137. Two other jade examples are in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Accession Numbers 36.25.734 and 36.25.1001a,b.